Limoncello Float Recipe – ice cream, Limoncello liqueur and Prosecco – the perfect summer drink, especially of you are a lemon and ice cream lover. You have the option to make it alcohol free.
I’ve been in love with lemons forever, but I use them a lot more often in my recipes this summer.
After the refreshing Limoncello Spritz, that I shared with you recently, I tried a similar drink, made with ice cream, Limoncello and Sparkling Wine. It is called “Limoncello Float” and tastes like a dessert in a cup.
What is an Ice Cream Float?
This Limoncello Float is the ultimate lemony summer drink! But what really is an ice cream float?
Have you ever mixed ice cream and coke (or any flavored carbonated drink/soda) ? Well, if you have, you know what a float is.
There are many variations of the drink, you can make it alcohol free and with different flavors and add ons.
Here is what Wikipedia says:
An ice cream float or ice cream soda, also known as a spider in Australia and New Zealand, is a chilled beverage that consists of ice cream in either a soft drink or a mixture of flavored syrup and carbonated water.
When root beer and vanilla ice cream are used together to make the beverage, it is typically referred to as a root beer float (United States and Canada). A close variation is the coke float, using cola instead of root beer.
How to make Limoncello Prosecco Float?
It is quick and easy to make one of these. Here is what you need:
- Ice cream – you can use either vanilla or lemon ice cream (preferably custard based ice cream, but lemon sorbet will also work). I used lemon ice cream in my floats, but I’ve tried the recipe with vanilla bean ice cream and it tasted perfect!
- Limoncello liqueur – around 30 ml per drink
- Prosecco or any sparkling wine (preferably dry and not too sweet)
- Prepare tall glasses (or wine glasses) and add 1 large scoop of ice cream.
- Add Limoncello, them fill the glasses (about 3/4) with Prosecco.
- Garnish with lemon slice.
- For best results use good quality ingredients.
- If you have the time to chill the glasses, it will be great.
- I suggest that you move quickly so the ice cream doesn’t melt inside the glass, but pour the sparkling wine slowly, a little bit at a time, so it doesn’t come out of the glass.
Can you make Limoncello Floats without the alcohol?
Yes, definitely! These floats can be made without the limoncello and Prosecco. Just add some lemonade and sparkling water on top of the ice cream and you get an alcohol-free lemon ice cream drink. If you are concerned about the sweetness, make sure you add some simple syrup or sweetener (like honey or maple syrup).
If you don’t happen to have lemonade, mix up some lemon juice, water and sweetener, then combine with ice cream and sparkling water.
Another option is to use lemon syrup and alcohol free wine (such as Fre Wine/any other brand ).
Could these be made in advance?
The answer is no. These Prosecco and Ice Cream Floats should be made no more than 5 minutes prior to serving. The ice cream starts to foam and bubbles from Prosecco start to loose their frizz.
More Lemon Recipes:
- 1 scoop of vanilla or lemon ice cream
- 30 ml Limoncello
- 150 ml Prosecco
- Lemon slices
Prepare tall glasses (or wine glasses) and add 1 large scoop of ice cream.
Add Limoncello, them fill the glasses (about 3/4) with Prosecco.
Garnish with lemon slice.