Coke Float with Shaved Coke Ice

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A  classic and a childhood favorite! I share my favorite summer drink recipe with slight new additions (like shaved coke ice and sweetened condensed milk drizzle on top of the float) today. I remember drinking this simple yet delicious float every time we went out to a restaurant for family dinners – till the time we (my sister and I) cracked the recipe and started making it at home. I recently mentioned this recipe to a friend and she said that she had never had it. I was shocked! I didn’t think there were many people out there who didn’t know about this float but to my surprise they exist. SO for all those of you who for some weird reason didn’t have this float as a part of your growing up – you can now make up for what you’ve missed.

I  made shaved ice with coke and added that to the float – it did two things….kept the float cooler for a longer time without watering it down (like a normal ice cube would have) and added a nice crunch that comes every now and then when you sip it. I topped the float with a drizzle of some condensed milk (a personal favorite) – it breaks the flavor of vanilla ice cream and adds a little more interest. This recipe is great for making with children during the summer…you can top it with a variety of things like whipped cream, sprinkles, roasted peanuts and cherries to name a few. For a grown up version – you can spike up the floats with a little rum. That would be delicious!

Another exciting thing that you can do with shaved coke ice is make rum and coke granitas. Just mix the two of them in a desired ratio and make granitas like you normally would. I might try that before the summer ends. But for now I will enjoy the leftover float from the shoot by adding some more coke from a fresh bottle so that becomes bubbly and frothy again!

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Serving 3 tall glasses

Prep time 5 minutes


two to three 200 ml chilled bottle of coke or diet coke + 1 can of coke or diet coke

2 scoops per glass vanilla ice cream

2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk

  1. Distribute a can of diet coke into ice trays and freeze to make coke ice cubes.
  2. Remove the frozen coke cubes from the ice tray and collect in a ziplock bag. Using a rolling pin pound and crush the coke cubes till they break down into really small pieces and start resembling shaved ice.
  3. In a tall glass add about 2 tablespoons of shaved coke ice.
  4. Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  5. Fill the glass with coke till the froth starts to ooze out of the glass.
  6. Add another tablespoon of the shaved coke ice and drizzle some sweetened condensed milk on top.
  7. Insert a straw and a long spoon in the glass and serve right away.