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.

(Related: This Homemade Ginger Beer Is What You’ll Be Drinking All Summer Long)

Strawberry Elderflower Ginger Beer Floats

Serves two 

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.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada