Summer may be ending, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop eating ice cream. These Caramel Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats are the perfect excuse to eat ice cream all season long.
Last year, the Mr. and I discovered apple cider and ginger ale taste really great together. I don’t know why it took us 27 years to make this connection. It seems rather obvious in retrospect. Apples and ginger are always a winning combo, and what could be better than apple cider than apple cider + fizzy ginger pop?
Well, as it turns out, there is something better than apple cider and ginger ale. It’s Apple Cider + Ginger Ale + Ice Cream + Caramel Sauce. In case the math got a little fuzzy there, the answer to that equation is “Holy Autumn Goodness.”
I can hardly call this a recipe. It’s more of a suggestion, and that suggestion is: make these as soon as possible. Play around with the ratios until you get the perfect balance between cider, ice cream, and ginger ale. If it takes you five tries, that’s okay. I’ll come drink the experiments if you need me to. All in the name of science, of course.
Let’s talk caramel sauce for a sec. You can buy it from the store. Sometimes I do that. But I’ve never had a store bought sauce as amazing as this homemade Salted Caramel Sauce. It is the. best. And not terribly difficult to make either. You’ll want to put an irresponsible amount of it on top of these floats. I know I did.
I hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy these while it’s still semi-warm outside, but if you’re like me and ice cream makes up 20% of your diet on a year-round basis, you can enjoy these for months to come. I made these with plain ol’ vanilla ice cream, but after the fact I realized I could have used Jeni’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream. It’s actually probably better I didn’t think of this beforehand. That combo might have made my brain explode. Or maybe it would have made unicorns real. I guess we’ll never know. Unless you try it. Which you should. Report back…that is, if you’re still able to form words at that point.
For each float you will need:
- 2-3 scoops vanilla or caramel ice cream
- Apple Cider
- Ginger Ale
- Caramel sauce, storebought or homemade
- Scoop 2-3 scoops of ice cream into each glass. Fill them halfway with apple cider. Fill the rest up with ginger ale. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately.