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Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats

These Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats are as delicious as they are lovely. Make the easy strawberry rhubarb compote ahead of time, and you’ll be ready for floats whenever the mood strikes!

These Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats are an easy summer dessert that's so refreshing!

Things have been just a tad busy around these parts the last few months, as we’ve been both house hunting and also preparing our house to sell. The process has been a lot more time consuming and a lot more emotional than I’d expected. We’ve poured so much love into our home over the last seven years, and it’s going to be hard to let it go, no matter how excited I am about a new home for our family. And of course, we did what we said we never would–waited until preparing to sell to make updates we should’ve made years ago. Sigh. Live and learn, I suppose. In the meantime, we’re enjoying every minute we have left with our no-longer-hideously-orange hallway and refreshing sea salt inspired bathrooms.

In the hubbub of moving, it’s been tough to keep up with daily tasks. Laundry piles up. Floors beg for a good mopping, and grocery shopping? Well, grocery shopping has been hit or miss, and mostly miss. We’ve eaten out much more than usual the last few months, and while I love takeout, my waist line doesn’t. I had my fill of burgers and lo mein, and I was craving the sense of normalcy that comes from planning, shopping, and making meals for my family. That’s why I was thrilled to discover Shipt, the new grocery delivery service that partners with local stores to bring fresh groceries straight to your door. Ordering takes place right on your phone, which means I can add things to my order wherever I am–in the car, watching my son run through the sprinkler, or in line at Kohl’s. Here in Columbus, groceries come from our local Meijer and I can have them delivered the exact same day. THE SAME DAY. (Insert all the praise hand emojis here!). This service has been such a huge lifesaver for us during this season. It’s given us back a precious few hours each week that we can spend painting, house hunting, or just enjoying a completely mundane, normal night together.

Without a lot of extra time on our hands, I’ve been keeping our meals really simple with things like Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Grilled Foil Packet Tilapia. So far, I haven’t run into a single ingredient we couldn’t get through Shipt, and the quality of all the fresh produce has been great. I can also grab cleaning supplies and laundry soap through Shipt, which will definitely come in handy if I ever get around to doing laundry again.

These refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats will be a hit at all your summer parties!

Of course, even when we’re pressed for time, I can’t forget about dessert. Priorities, y’all. I like my summer desserts to be easy to make, fruity, and include ice cream, and these Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats are a giant check, check, check on all three fronts. This right here is summer dessert perfection. It’s made by combining the same strawberry rhubarb compote found in this Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with club soda to make a bubbly soda perfect for floats. The syrup takes about 15 minutes to make, and it’s a great thing to make ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. When the mood strikes, just combine the syrup with your favorite club soda and pour over vanilla ice cream. It’s cool, creamy, bubbly, and so refreshing.

We might be busy, but we’re never too busy for ice cream floats. I’m sure this drink will be making many more appearances this summer, at backyard dinner parties, and, with any luck, as a celebration drink in our new home. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Shipt can get you all the ingredients, including the ice cream (can I get an AMEN?!), TODAY. If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can visit Shipt’s website to learn more and sign up!

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats are an easy dessert perfect for any summer gathering.

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats

Prep Time 5 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 15 minsCook Time
Total Time 20 mins Total Time
Serves 3


  • 1/2 lb. rhubarb stalks, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 lb. strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1 inch long orange peel slices (optional, but super tasty!)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 cups your favorite club soda
  • Your favorite vanilla ice cream


To make the syrup, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, orange peel, and water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer, and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a potato masher to break up the fruit until it's fairly smooth. Cool and store in the fridge until ready to use. 

To assemble the floats, fill glasses with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Combine the club soda and syrup together then pour over the ice cream. Top off with a little extra soda, if desired. Alternately, if you'd like to just mix up one or two at a time, combine about 3/4 cup of soda with syrup to taste, pour over ice cream, and serve. 


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These Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Floats are an easy, refreshing dessert perfect for all your summer parties!
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  • Erin Joy June 14, 2017, 9:22 AM

    Holy smokes, Courtney! I can’t wait to try the float – I suspect all 4 Gentrys will looove it. 🙂 I’m excited to hear that you’re in the house hunting / selling mode and eager to hear what’s next! Love love love you all.

  • Sues June 14, 2017, 11:09 PM

    These are seriously the prettiest!! One more awesome thing I can do with rhubarb 🙂
    Good luck with everything!!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 15, 2017, 9:37 AM

    Can never forget about dessert! I have never had a float like this before and now I feel like I am missing out.

  • Sammi June 21, 2017, 12:06 AM

    I am always on the lookout for new rhubarb recipes! Who would have thought I would find an ice cream float one?! Awesome!! Thank you!

    • Courtney June 26, 2017, 10:50 PM

      I want to put rhubarb in ALL THE THINGS! Hahaha! I hope you love the floats!

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