So many good drinks could be improved with ice cream. After all, there’s the popular American root beer float and the Italian drink Affogato, a scoop of ice cream with espresso. Now, get ready for the best drink-and-ice-cream combination of all: Wine Floats.
What Are Wine Floats?
Wine floats follow the same recipe pattern as root beer floats and Affogatos — except boozier. Although there are many recipes for this sweet and creamy cocktail, it’s hard to go wrong when measuring wine and ice cream. Such things should be measured with the heart.
However, the basic idea is to fill a cup with ice cream and pour your booze of choice over it. Plus, you could add berries, maraschino cherries, chocolate shavings, candies, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and other treats into the combo. Of course, these additives depend on what flavors are in the ice cream and wine. Many wine float novices start with the classic vanilla ice cream with red wine. But if you’re not a fan or you’d like something a little more experimental, here are some more recipes for you to try. Oh, and one more tip: Freeze the glasses for 15 minutes before you pour your float. This will help prevent the ice cream from melting too quickly. 
Strawberries and Cream Champagne Floats
Author: Parsnips and Pastries
- 1 large scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup strawberry soda
- 1/2 cup extra dry champagne
- 3 strawberries
- Place one stemmed and sliced strawberry at the bottom of the glass. Top with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add another sliced strawberry on top.
- Slowly pour in strawberry soda. Allow the soda to fizz down before continuing.
- Slowly pour in champagne, letting it fizz down as you pour.
- Serve the wine floats with a straw and spoon, and garnish with the third sliced strawberry on the side of the glass.
Author: The Cookie Rookie
- 4 smalls scoops of your favorite sherbet or sorbet
- Optional: 1 tablespoon clementine or sherbet vodka (1 tablespoon per drink)
- Any type of champagne
- Fresh fruit for garnish
- Fill the glass with four small scoops of sherbet or sorbet.
- Top with vodka if using.
- Pour champagne over the sherbet and garnish with fresh fruit.
Red Wine Floats
- 1 pt. Magnum Dark Chocolate Raspberry ice cream
- 1/2 bottle of red wine
- Chocolate sauce, for lining glasses
- Seltzer, for serving
- Line the insides of four glasses with chocolate sauce. Scoop in the ice cream and pour red wine over it.
- Top off with seltzer and serve. 
Rosé Slushie Floats
- Carton of vanilla ice cream
- 1 small bag frozen mixed berries
- Bottle of rosé wine
- 1 handful of fresh berries
- 1 handful ice
- In a blender, combine the frozen berries with half the bottle of rosé.
- Add fresh berries and ice and blend until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
- To serve, pour half of the slushie mixture into tall parfait glasses.
- Add a large scoop of ice cream then top with the rest of the slushie mixture.
- Add one more scoop of ice cream and enjoy.
Peaches and Cream Wine Float
Author: The Farmwife Drinks
- 1 bottle Moscato
- 1-pint vanilla bean ice cream
- Diced and peeled peaches
- Place a scoop of ice cream into four wine glasses.
- Top the ice cream with diced peaches.
- Pour the Moscato over the ice cream and peaches and enjoy.
Guinness Ice Cream Float
Author: Baked by Rachel
- 1 can or bottle Guinness draught
- vanilla ice cream
- chocolate fudge sauce
- whipped cream
- Optional: Bailey’s Irish cream optional
- In a large glass, add one or two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
- Top off with hot fudge sauce. Add a splash or two of Bailey’s if desired.
- Top off with Guinness, followed by a generous amount of whipped cream.
- Stir and enjoy.
White Russian Ice Cream Float
Author: The Nut Free Vegan
- 2 oz. coffee liqueur
- 2 oz. vodka
- Vanilla ice cream
- Optional: chocolate shavings
- Place 1 small scoop of ice cream into a glass.
- Add coffee liqueur and vodka.
- Add another scoop of ice cream and top with chocolate shavings, if desired.
These sweet wine floats are the perfect drinks to enjoy with friends in the heat of the summer. So don’t forget to pack wine and ice cream for beach trips and barbeques!