Black Cherry Float for Grown-ups

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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.

How to make a Black Cherry Cocktail Float recipe with vodka and fresh black cherries

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.

How to make a Black Cherry Cocktail Float recipe with vodka and fresh black cherries

Ingredients to Make a Black Cherry Float Cocktail

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.

A cocktail float with fresh black cherries, vodka and vanilla ice cream

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.

Makes 2.

 

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Black Cherry Cocktail Float recipe with vodka and fresh black cherries

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Yield: 2 cocktails

Black Cherry Float Cocktail

Black Cherry Float Cocktail

How to make a Black Cherry Cocktail Float recipe with vodka and fresh black cherries

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Black Cherry soda
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Black Cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into the mason jars or cocktail glasses. (1 scoop each)
  2. Pour 2 oz of vodka over the ice cream, then fill the glass with black cherry soda.
  3. Garnish with cherries and serve with cute vintage straws.
  4. Makes 2.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

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.

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Easy Black Cherry Cocktail with vodka and ice cream

Do you have a special drink that brings back a bit of nostalgia? What kind of soda float cocktail would you mix up?

For more decadent ideas, check out some of our other delicious ice cream cocktails like our Root Beer Float Cocktail and Apple Pie a la Mode Cocktail.

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