If you hadn’t noticed by now, I have a habit of adding ice cream to my cocktails (ahem, my Root Beer Float Cocktail or my Champagne Floats). Part of being a grown-up is that you shouldn’t have to choose whether you want a drink or dessert! So, in the spirit of all things great about being an adult, I bring you this delicious and decadent Black Cherry Float Cocktail.
I first shared this Black Cherry Float cocktail recipe on my friend, Amanda’s site.
Black Cherry soda is one of my few indulgences. I don’t have one very often but every once in awhile I buy a bottle as a treat… okay, and I always have to order it if I see it on the menu while we’re out for lunch!
I don’t know why it’s become such a niche flavor; it’s sooo incredibly tasty, I’d be shocked if someone said they didn’t love it but maybe that’s my nostalgia talking.
I guess being a bit rare (and served up in a vintage glass bottle) makes it that much more special – and this black cherry float is definitely a special treat!
It’s pretty simple – just black cherry soda, vodka and ice cream – making it the perfect low-key addition to a backyard BBQ or a night in with friends or family. A cocktail float is one of my favorite ways to have my dessert and drink it, too!
During the summer you might have some luck finding black cherry coolers, so feel free to swap that in for the black cherry soda and skip the cocktail mixing – but I’m more of a fan of the soda than any cooler I’ve come across.
Tip: I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order the Vodka or Black Cherry Coolers needed for this recipe from them.
Ingredients to Make a Black Cherry Float Cocktail
- Black Cherry Soda <– you can buy a black cherry cooler to use instead
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Black Cherries, for garnish
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can swap out the soda and vodka for a black cherry cooler, if available. And if you can’t find black cherry soda, you can use cherry vodka or whiskey instead of the plain vodka called for in this recipe.
KITCHEN TOOLS YOU WILL FIND HELPFUL:
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Black Cherry Float Cocktail
Scoop the ice cream into the mason jars or cocktail glasses. (1 scoop each)
Pour 2 oz of vodka over the ice cream, then fill the glass with black cherry soda.
Garnish with cherries and serve with cute vintage straws.
Print your free copy of our Black Cherry Float Cocktail Recipe here:
- 1 bottle Black Cherry soda
- 4 oz vodka
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Black Cherries, for garnish
- Scoop the ice cream into the mason jars or cocktail glasses. (1 scoop each)
- Pour 2 oz of vodka over the ice cream, then fill the glass with black cherry soda.
- Garnish with cherries and serve with cute vintage straws.
- Makes 2.
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Smirnoff Vodka, 750 ml, 80 Proof
Omishome Complete Bartender Mixology Kit - Elegant Gold Finish Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set with Bamboo Stand and 6 BONUS Sturdy Stainless Steel Straws - A Superb Bartending Set
Mikes Hard Black Cherry Lemonade, 6 pk, 11.2 oz bottles, 8% ABV
Dark Red Cherries, 1lb
Breyers Original Ice Cream for a Delicious Dessert Natural Vanilla Made with 100% Grade A Milk & Cream, Sustainably-Farmed Vanilla 48 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 2g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
Do you have a special drink that brings back a bit of nostalgia? What kind of soda float cocktail would you mix up?