Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, or another special occasion, these fun two-ingredient Champagne Floats are a lovely addition to the festivities! Combine your favorite ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt with a glass of bubbly for an extra special treat.
Hey look, it’s the last day of December.
Let’s send off this year with fireworks, carb-loaded appetizers, and adult beverages loaded with ice cream, shall we?
One last hurrah before those (likely short-lived?) resolutions go into effect on January 1st.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE CHAMPAGNE FLOATS ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy ice cream and champagne drink recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
Remember root beer floats?
When was the last time you had one?
It’s funny to me when I try something that I loved as a kid and find that I just don’t have the same affection for it as an adult.
Supposedly, tastes change every 10 years. I don’t know about you, but it explains a lot about my flavor affinities.
For the record, root beer floats are still pretty good.
BUT can we just talk about the unexpectedly delicious combo of champagne and ice cream??
Believe it or not, they actually WORK together.
I was skeptical of my own recipe while testing it, especially since most of the similar recipes I found online were fruity-forward, using sorbets for flavor.
I wanted something simple and straightforward for this ice cream float. Champagne is an essential part of New Year’s celebrations, so I felt like it needed to shine here.
The addition of the ice cream not only makes these drinks fun, but it appeals to people who don’t care for champagne’s mild, sometimes bitter taste.
These champagne floats are a great tasty way to ease everyone into a midnight toast!
How To Make Champagne Floats
These champagne drinks are as easy as scooping ice cream and popping open a bottle of bubbly! Feel free to use your favorite flavor of ice cream, froyo, or sorbet here – but vanilla gives these fun cocktails a deliciously simple sweetness you’ll love!
- If you’re going all out with decorations, dip the rims of your champagne flutes in cooled melted white chocolate. Roll the edges in sprinkles that fit your festivity, then pop them in the freezer to dry for a few minutes.
- Portion 3-4 small scoops of ice cream into your glasses (more/less/bigger/smaller depending on which glass type you use.)
- Divide the champagne between the glasses, pouring slowly and stirring to pop any extra bubbles to make room for more champagne.
- Garnish with fresh strawberries, and fun paper straws, if desired.
This recipe can be very affordable, depending on your brand of ice cream and champagne. I recommend a cheaper/mid-range priced bubbly for this recipe. Don’t splurge on a $50 bottle of Veuve Clicquot and plop ice cream in it…because you’re gonna be judged, my friend.
Happy New Year’s Eve! Thanks for stopping by the blog in 2018 – I’m looking forward to bringing you lots more tasty things in the coming year!
If New Year’s Eve is long past, here are a few variations of these Champagne Floats to try!
- Valentine’s Day – raspberry sorbet with pink champagne & fresh raspberries
- St. Patrick’s Day – chocolate frozen yogurt with brut champagne & sprigs of mint
- Easter Brunch – lemon sorbet with sparkling Moscato
- Baby/Bridal Shower – strawberry sorbet with champagne & chopped strawberries
- Cinco de Mayo/Summer – lime sherbet with champagne & a splash of tequila
- Christmas – peppermint ice cream with sparkling wine & a candy cane
LOOKING FOR MORE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL RECIPES?
- Berry Champagne Cocktail Trio
- White Christmas Sangria
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini
- Champagne Jello Shots
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- 750 ml (1 bottle) champagne
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream sorbet, or frozen yogurt
- Whole fresh strawberries
- Melted white chocolate optional
- Sprinkles optional
- Add 3-4 small scoops of ice cream/sorbet/frozen yogurt to each glass.
- Top with champagne, garnish with a strawberry, and serve immediately.