Caramel Apple Cider Floats

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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.

Caramel Apple Cider Floats are the perfect excuse to eat ice cream all season long!

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.

Apple Cider and Ginger Ale team up for these killer Caramel Apple Floats!


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.
Apple Cider and Ginger Ale pair up in this killer Caramel Apple Ice Cream Float!

How to Make Apple Cider Floats

Y’all know what to do:

  1. Grab a big tall glass and put two scoops of ice cream in it. Drizzle with a little caramel sauce.
  2. Fill it halfway with apple cider.
  3. Top it off with ginger ale.
  4. 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.

These Caramel Apple Cider Floats are the perfect excuse to eat ice cream all winter long!

More Ways to Use Apple Cider

If you’re looking for more Autumn inspired beverages, try our Fall Sangria or our Apple Cider Cocktails.

We also use apple cider in our Baked Cinnamon Apples and Braised Apple Cider Turkey.

And of course, don’t forget about our incredible Apple Cider Syrup, served on top of a big stack of Cinnamon Apple Pancakes.

Caramel Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats

These simple four ingredient Caramel Apple Cider Ice Cream Floats are the perfect end of summer treat.
4.5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 325kcal


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.


  • Use any combo of soda/drink you prefer. They will all have a slightly different taste.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel apple cider float, ice cream floats


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 557IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Courtney, I just read through this recipe today and it looks absolutely amazing, but I can’t neglect to tell you that your commentary is even more amazing! ” 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.” I laughed so HARD!!! You crack me up!

      1. I almost stopped and got the stuff for it last night, but it’s probably a good idea I restrained myself! Need to use the buddy system with these, I think.

  2. Oh my gosh this looks wonderful! My mom and I used to have floats on Sunday afternoons and they were one of my faves. And I can absolutely imagine how well ginger ale and apple cider go together. Genius!! Totally trying this!

  3. My husband would LOVE this…he’s a fiend for apples. With my love of ice cream, it’s a dessert that BOTH of us will enjoy!!! It’s warm enough here in TX to enjoy ice cream pretty much year-round, so this is going in my “must try soon” file!!

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