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A Green Ice Cream Float For St. Patrick's Day!

Updated on March 24, 2016
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book-repair tricks on the job!

See How to make a Child Friendly St. Patrick's Day Drink:

Where is the Lime Sherbet when you need it? Well, on March 17th (Saint Patrick's Day in the USA) you will most definitely NOT find it in the freezer at your grocery store! At least, I didn't.

So, what do you do when you and your grandchild want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a fancy beverage and you wanted to use Lime Sherbet? You improvise (while remembering not to cuss) and purchase the last container of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to make your green beverage.

Cooking with children can be challenging. Now don't be picky here and say that making a float is not really "cooking". My grand-daughter and I made up a recipe and we made it, so we were really "cooking" creatively that day.

FYI: All images were taken by me, Mickie_G, unless stated otherwise. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, please.

What is a "float"?

Simply put, an ice cream float is a scoop of ice cream or sherbet floating in a cold glass of soda (soft drink, to some). Popular carbonated soft drinks to use to make a float are root beer and other colas.

Soda Fountain Glasses for your float:

In order to make an ice cream float special, the glass should fit the purpose. Both of these glasses are retro in style (as in Baby Boomers will remember having a float in a glass something like these) and well suited to creating a float that a child will remember for ever and ever!

A glass for the ages!

Anchor Hocking Soda Glass, Set of 12
Anchor Hocking Soda Glass, Set of 12

The design of this soda-fountain glass is timeless. It can be used for a St. Patrick's Day float or a classic hot fudge sundae.


A Mid-century modern glass for all ages!

Libbey Coke Tumbler Glasses, Set of 6
Libbey Coke Tumbler Glasses, Set of 6

I have two of these classic shaped glasses. I remember going to the corner drug store with my grandfather and getting a float in glasses just like this one shown below. Mid-century modern memories.

St. Patricks Day Float Image by Mickie_G
St. Patricks Day Float Image by Mickie_G

Don't be afraid to experiment with flavors!

To be perfectly honest, the float we made for St. Patrick's Day with mint chocolate chip ice cream was just "OK". It would have been a lot better with the lime sherbet or just plain vanilla. However, I am glad we experimented with the mint chocolate chip ice cream. I personally feel that one should not be afraid to try alternatives. Who knows, you might find a brand new recipe that could become a family tradition--or even make you famous! My grand-daughter said that the green sprinkles made the drink a hit. Yep, those green sprinkles was all the recipe needed to make this float "Irish". All children, young and old, can be made happy with sugar sprinkles.

Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1

Ingredients for An Irish Ice Cream Float:

  • Ice Cream or Sherbet (I used mint chocolate chip)
  • Lemon/Lime flavored carbonated Soft Drink (I used Sierra Mist)
  • Sugar Sprinkles (I used green)
  • Tall Glass
  • Iced Tea Spoon
  • Straw or Spoon Straw

Instructions for making an ice cream float:

  1. Find the perfect glass. Scoop ice cream or sherbet into the glass. You decide how much you want. Pour the lemon/lime soft drink over the frozen scoops. Sprinkle the sugar on top. Now enjoy this drink with a straw and a spoon.

How would you rate this recipe for St. Patrick's Day?

5 stars from 1 rating of My Green Ice Cream Float Recipe
Set of 6, Spoons with Built in Straw! For Cereal, Soup, Milkshakes and More, 7.45 Inch X 1.5 Inch
Set of 6, Spoons with Built in Straw! For Cereal, Soup, Milkshakes and More, 7.45 Inch X 1.5 Inch

Love the colors of these straws. If your children are like mine, they will be fighting over which color spoon straw they should have.


You MUST have a Spoon Straw for drinking the perfect float: - A spoon is great for eating the ice cream, too.

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a "spoon straw". In fact, it is the best straw to have if you want to get every last bite or slurp of a float or milkshake. The spoon straw you see featured here is the one I liked best. It is durable and has colored bands so you will not be caught using anyone else's glass. These color coded spoons are kind of like wine charms, aren't they?

This "RSVP International Spoon Straw" set is dishwasher safe, too. Kill all those little germs!

Consider getting a Drink Straw Cleaning Brush while you are on Amazon, too.

Pictures of An Ice Cream Float For St. Patrick's Day - Children Cooking--making it easy (and fun) is the key!

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History and even more recipes for ice cream floats: - Beverage Ideas for a St. Patrick's Day Party

If I have whetted your appetite, then here are more resources for your cravings. Some of these ice cream recipes contain alcohol.

Bistro Ice Cream Long Handled Spoons, anyone? - Ice Cream Spoons are optional, but would be so much fun!

Always wished your flatware came with some iced tea spoons? Well, now is your chance to go wild and buy some to use to enjoy an ice cream float!

Not crazy about iced tea spoons? Then how about a "spoon straw"? Yep, hooked you there! You have a choice, now. These straw spoons are wonderful for children!

A Photo of McDonald's Shamrock Mint Flavored Shake
A Photo of McDonald's Shamrock Mint Flavored Shake

Not a float person? Then Make a Shamrock Shake

Just like McDonald's

Every year in early March, McDonald's starts to advertize their Mint Milk Shake aka the Shamrock Shake. I love this shake. So, when I found the recipe, I just had to put it here to share with you. Just click the following: Shamrock Shake Recipe for St. Patrick's Day.

photo credit: Strupey via photopin cc

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Have you ever had to substitute an ingredient just to make a child happy? Was it a success or did it flop big time?

St. Patrick's Day is not an important holiday to a child, so why did I go to the trouble of making a fun green float drink for St. Patrick's day just to please a kid? Well, I wanted to do just that, please her. From the smile on her face when I took the photos, I know I did. However, I do not think it was the green mint float that made her grin -- it was the time we spent together creating this minty beverage. And just maybe the "special" glass made it memorable, too.

Duel: Sherbet or Ice Cream in the Saint Patrick's Day Float?

Did I do the right thing using the mint chocolate chip ice cream?

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    • Spirality profile image


      4 years ago

      Great recipe. I have only had a float with cola and root beer.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      4 years ago

      @MariaMontgomery: I love this article and had such fun with my grand-daughter creating our own St. Patrick's Day float.

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Nice, I'll be trying this!

    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I'm back to check out this recipe again. It sounds so good. Contrats on the Purple Star.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It's great to celebrate holidays with kids and give them something special. Sometimes it even becomes are yearly tradition.

    • chrisilouwho profile image


      4 years ago

      mmm, this looks great! Thanks for including the special glass and spoon links.

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Spending time with your children and grandchildren and making sweet memories is something they'll remember always. Your St. Patrick's Day float sounds and looks so good!

    • Craftymarie profile image


      4 years ago

      This drink looks great and certainly from a child's perspective is a whole lot of fun! My daughter would love this - I think she'd love to see it being made up.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      5 years ago

      @jupiter justice: You are so welcome. The Shamrock Shake at McDonalds is a diet buster for sure.

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      Asher Socrates 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      St. Patricks day is getting near and I've been wanting a shamrock shake. Thanks to you I know how to make myself one. Great Find, Thank you! Asher

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      @Athelyna LM: sounds like a plan...

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      @ecogranny: Like your additions!

      Yes, I love spending one-on-one time with the kids.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      P.S. Congrats on being featured on the St. Patrick's Day recipes monster board.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      You nailed it there at the end. Spending time together, doing something fun you both enjoy. that's what's most important. As for the float, I'm thinking homemade vanilla ice cream with a little creme de menthe and ginger ale might be fun.

    • julescorriere profile image

      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Oh, my kids will love this. What a great idea! Congratulations on making the top 55 Recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Blessed.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely idea for a refreshing drink. I often improvise, as I'm pretty unstructured in the kitchen.

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Hey - whatever it takes. How about vanilla with green food coloring? Or mush some green tea powder in. (But she may also stay awake until midnight if she is sensitive to caffeine...

    • Athelyna LM profile image

      Athelyna LM 

      6 years ago

      We got a seltzer squirt bottle for a wedding present and JUST NOW found the CO2 cartridges for it. Now I want to make an ice-cream drink! I don't have any children around, so I guess I'll just have to drink something fun myself.

    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      What a neat idea! I can almost taste it right now.

    • Einar A profile image

      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      Mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream. That recipe looks great!


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