Looking for a delicious boozy drink for a warm summer’s day? Then this Boozy Creamsicle Float is the perfect choice! This orange creamsicle-inspired alcoholic drink boasts generous amounts of creamy vanilla ice cream, a combination of sweet orange liqueur and vodka, and is finished off with orange soda. In just 5 minutes and with only 5 simple ingredients, you can sit back and relax with a chilly creamsicle float.
This drink takes your 50/50 ice cream bar to a whole new level. Chill your glasses in the refrigerator or freezer prior to serving. This will keep the drink cooler for longer. Serve your boozy creamsicle float in a regular drinking glass or assemble it in a cute mason jar with a decorative straw and a slice of orange as garnish. It’s a great presentation for serving them at a party!
- Vanilla ice cream about 2-3 scoops or enough to fill the glass to your liking
- Vanilla extract – this really adds that classic creamsicle flavor.
- Vodka – plain vodka, vanilla vodka, or an orange-flavored vodka will work
- Triple Sec or Grand Marnier – orange liqueur is optional but adds a nice touch
- Orange soda – use your favorite brand
For a full list of ingredients and their measurements, 📋 please view my printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
This really needs no garnish, but you can add an orange slice if you want to be extra fancy. A straw or a long spoon is a must, though.
Substitutions and Variations
- Add other fruit flavors by changing up the flavor of your liqueurs and fruit-flavored soda! Grape and vanilla, strawberry, or cherry would all be delicious.
- Add as much ice cream as you like but it looks the best with at least a couple of scoops of ice cream.
- Adjust the quantity of liquor added to your float for a stronger or lighter drink.
- Use a coconut-based or non-dairy ice cream to make a vegan or non-dairy float.
- Make a non-alcoholic version by simply omitting the vodka and orange liquor in the creamsicle float recipe.
PREP: Gather your ingredients. Keep soda, vodka, and glasses chilled until you’re ready to prepare your orange creamsicle float.
Step 1: Mound several scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass.
Step 2: Measure the vodka, orange liquor, and vanilla extract into the glass.
Step 3: Slowly pour the orange soda over the vanilla ice cream to fill the glass. Wait for the bubbles to die down and add more soda to top the glass.
Step 4: Serve immediately with a tall straw or a long spoon, just like in the old-fashioned soda shops!
Pro Tip: Pop your drink glasses into the freezer for 10-15 minutes before making the creamsicle floats. The chilled glasses will keep your boozy float cold a little bit longer.
Tips For Making Boozy Creamsicle Float
- If you are serving these for a special occasion, consider serving them in something like Mason Jar Mugs (affil) with cute paper straws. You can also add a slice of orange to the rim of the glass.
- Any brand or type of vodka will do – I personally prefer neutral vodka but you could also try vanilla vodka.
- Both the Triple sec and Grand Marnier are great options for an orange liqueur with Grand Marnier being slightly stronger. If you’d prefer to omit the orange liqueur then simply double the quantity of vodka called for in this recipe.
- Although vanilla extract is an optional ingredient in this boozy drink, I find that it boosts that classic creamsicle flavor.
- The orange soda fizzes quite a bit when poured over the ice cream, so be sure to pour slowly and refill once the bubbles die down a bit.
The original Creamsicle consists of vanilla ice cream coated with iced orange juice that’s placed on an ice lolly stick. The origin of the first popsicle dates back to the early 1900s. As the folktale goes, on a very cold night, 11-year old Frank Epperson forgetfully left a glass of orange soda powder mix and a stirring stick outdoors. It froze overnight, creating the first-ever popsicle. -SF Gate
Through some further experimentation, iced fruit juice coating vanilla ice cream on a popsicle stick was born. It grew to such popularity that Creamsicles have their own dedicated day on the calendar. You can celebrate Creamsicle Day on August 14th every year. Cheers!!
Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of a young boy, today we get to enjoy the many “fruits” of his invention like popsicle-inspired drinks as well as other delicious frozen treats like these Fudgesicles!
You should serve this boozy creamsicle float immediately with a straw and/or long spoon.
Don’t let this drink sit out at room temperature before being served or the ice cream will melt. I don’t recommend making this drink ahead of time, not just for taste but also for food safety reasons. You’ll also lose the all-important chill factor!
Absolutely! Simply omit the alcohol and you’re good to go! Alternatively, you may want to consider whipping up this homemade Orange Julius recipe for the kiddies.
This creamy orange drink is inspired by the Creamsicle brand that so many of us have come to know and love. A frozen creamsicle comes to mind especially during hot summer months as a refreshingly cool sweet treat. In the early 1900s, 11-year old Frank Epperson forgetfully left a glass of orange soda powder mix and a stirring stick outdoors which froze overnight, creating the first-ever popsicle. Further experimentation with iced fruit juice coating vanilla ice cream on a popsicle stick gave us creamsicles!
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Boozy Creamsicle Float
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream about 2-3 scoops or enough to fill the glass to your liking
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
- 4-6 oz. orange soda
- Fill tall glass with vanilla ice cream.
- Add vanilla extract, vodka, and Triple Sec over the ice cream.
- Carefully pour orange soda over the ice cream to fill the glass.
- You can add in more alcohol for a stronger boozy creamsicle float or even omit the alcohol for an alcohol-free drink.
- Try vanilla vodka or an orange vodka. Orange liqueur is optional.
- Try this recipe with other fruit-flavored sodas.
- Easily double, or triple the recipe to increase the servings.