It’s never too cold for ice cream, especially if it comes in the form of Apple Cider Floats! With apple cider, fizzy ginger ale, and salty caramel sauce, these cider floats are the perfect excuse to eat ice cream in any season.
Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats
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 ale are always a winning combo. We learned that from our Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings.
And what could be better than plain apple cider than apple cider with a fizzy ginger pop?
Well, as it turns out, there is something better than apple cider and ginger ale. It’s Apple Cider and Ice Cream. And Ginger Ale. And Salted Caramel Sauce. My gosh, this is frothy, creamy, apple spiced gold.
I can hardly call this a recipe. It’s more of a suggestion, and that suggestion is: Make these as soon as possible.
These cider floats only take five minutes to make, and they are creamy, bubbly Autumn magic.
You’ll only need four ingredients to make these floats:
- Ice cream– Your favorite vanilla works great, whether it’s vanilla bean or French vanilla or old fashioned. If you want to get fancy, a caramel or butter pecan ice cream would also be divine.
- Ginger ale– We’re fans of Vernor’s around here. If you want a spicier drink, go for a ginger beer.
- Apple cider– If you can, pick up a fresh cider from your local orchard. If not, grocery store cider is still wonderful.
- Caramel sauce– You can absolutely buy it from the store. We often do this. But nothing from the store is quite as good as this homemade salty caramel sauce. It is the best, and not terribly hard to make, either.
How to Make Apple Cider Floats
Y’all know what to do:
- Grab a big tall glass and put two scoops of ice cream in it. Drizzle with a little caramel sauce.
- Fill it halfway with apple cider.
- Top it off with ginger ale.
- Add irresponsible amounts of caramel sauce to the top. Licking the glass is 100% recommended here.
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.
More Ways to Use Apple Cider
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.