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I had this brilliant idea to make a strawberry lemonade ice cream float. It was one of those brilliant ideas that comes at 1 am and you almost jump out of bed because you want to try it right then.

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Float with Homemade Strawberry Syrup - Refreshing, sweet and slightly tangy. So good!!

You guys. This is THE BEST dessert I have made in a looong time. It’s sweet and refreshing and tangy and just plain YUM. And it just looks pretty. A pretty treat is always a bonus.

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The first step is to make the strawberry syrup. This is a very basic method to just help melt down some of the strawberries and create something that you can better sip through a straw.


To create the syrup, just slice about three strawberries per drink (I use my egg slicer to make it easy), and place them in a small pot over low heat. Add a little bit of white granulated or powdered sugar and stir around until it comes to a boil.


Now I promise you this little syrup is going to tempt you into to eating it by the spoonful, but trust me you want to save it for the lemonade float.

Drop two or three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream into a glass, then add half of the strawberry syrup. Top with a few more sliced strawberries then fill glass with lemonade. We use Minute Maid Light Lemonade – way less sugar than regular and it kind of makes the ice cream part ok. Right? You could also try my Perfect Lemonade Recipe.

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Add an adorable paper straw and you have just made the very best drink ever. At least in our humble opinions.

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A glass of strawberry lemonade ice cream float

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Float

This is THE BEST dessert I have made in a looong time. It’s sweet and refreshing and tangy and just plain YUM. And it just looks pretty. A pretty treat is always a bonus.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 drinks


  • 1 pint strawberries about 12
  • 1 tablespoon granulated or powdered sugar
  • 3 cups of vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups light lemonade
  • Lemon or strawberry slices for garnish optional
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  • Slice 7 or 8 of the strawberries and and place in a small pan over low heat.
  • Sprinkle strawberries with sugar and stir intermittently until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a small glass bowl. Set aside to cool.
  • Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream into a tall glass (Ball jars work great).
  • Pour half of the cooled strawberry syrup over the ice cream.
  • Slice the remaining strawberries.
  • Top ice cream with strawberry slices.
  • Fill the glass with lemonade.


Don't skip out on the homemade strawberry syrup!
Keyword ice cream float, strawberry lemonade


Calories: 591kcalCarbohydrates: 91gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 756mgFiber: 6gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 862IUVitamin C: 140mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Mia says:

    Made these tonight for our Bible study group and they were amazing! Followed the directions for the majority of the group and even adjusted the recipe a little to accommodate a couple of dairy allergies by using Non-Dairy Vanilla Bean ice cream and almond milk whipped cream to top it off. They were so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Mia! Thanks for the awesome feedback.

  2. Sandra {} says:

    Looks yummy! Great photos 🙂

  3. lorraine williamson says:

    I love this recipe and perfect time for spring break thanks for sharing visiting from link palooza party have a great day

  4. Wendy @ says:

    Mmmmmm This looks yummy 🙂 I would love for you to share this on my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party 🙂

  5. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Hi Kristen! I absolutely love ice cream float and these are two of my favorite flavors – this looks so delicious! Visiting from TT&J – Thanks so much for sharing and pinning. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    Looks gorgeous and delicious!