This Strawberry Elderflower Ginger Beer Float Will Remind You of Childhood
This easy summer drink recipe from Alexandra Daum's new book combines in-season strawberries, elderflowers and ginger beer to recreate ice cream floats — minus the sugar rush.
My paternal aunt, who lived just up the road from us when I was growing up, made my sister and me floats a lot when we were little, most often with orange pop, and this recipe makes me think of her. But I love the idea of an ice cream float with fermented ginger beer and fruit-based ice cream instead of pop and sugary ice cream. It’s a float minus the sugar headache.
Strawberry Elderflower Ginger Beer Floats
5 minutes prep time
- 8 strawberries, hulled
- 2 teaspoons elderflower blossoms
- 2 large scoops Strawberry Soft Serve or another strawberry ice cream
- 2 cups (500 ml) Ginger Beer
- Use a fork to mash the strawberries with the elderflower blossoms.
- Divide equally into two glasses, then add a scoop of ice cream to each.
- Top with the ginger beer and serve immediately.
If elderflower is out of season or you can’t pick blossoms locally, there are a couple of alternatives. One, use a teaspoon of elderflower cordial in place of the blossoms. Two, use lilac blossoms instead for a more citrus-like, but still lightly floral, flavour.
Excerpted from Occasionally Eggs: Simple Vegetarian Recipes for Every Season by Alexandra Daum. Copyright © 2021 Alexandra Daum. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.