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Bourbon ginger ale float recipe

Bourbon ginger ale float recipe

It’s Friday, hurrah! I finally went back to work yesterday after four months off working from home. It was great to see everyone back in the office and reclaim my desk – and finally slather my hands in my favourite hand cream! However my ankle has swollen to twice its usual size which made the walk home quite painful – and naturally my mind wandered to distract myself…

It’s taking me twice as long as usual to walk anywhere and all I could think about on my walk home from the station was making myself an icy cold coke float and listening to the Juno soundtrack (The Kinks, Mott the Hoople and Velvet Underground – yes please). But I took one look inside my fridge and realised that we had no coke. Which I should have realised because we never have coke. And then I saw a bottle of ginger ale I bought last week. And then (is the suspense killing you yet?) I thought ‘wouldn’t bourbon go well with ginger ale and vanilla ice cream?’

So I tried it. I created my own superbly simple, quick and easy bourbon ginger ale float recipe. It’s perfect for a hot summer night like tonight. Cold, refreshing and delightfully warming too, all at the same magical time.

Any other suggestions for coke float alternatives? The wackier the better.

 Bourbon ginger ale float recipe


  • Bourbon
  • Ginger ale
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Sprig of mint (optional)


Scoop a generous amount of ice cream into your favourite glass. Pour over a measure or two of bourbon and slowly top with ginger ale, making sure it doesn’t fizz over. Top with a sprig of mint, your prettiest straw and enjoy. Preferably in the garden. As the sun goes down. With the Juno soundtrack playing in the background. It really is the perfect way to start the weekend!

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Pinterest Finds: Coke float and ice cream station party ideas

Turned to Pinterest the other day for some party inspiration, and I found buckets of it. I’m not planning on hosting a party for a while, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be some themed shindigs at some point this year!

Because these party ideas are just unbelievably awesome, a single Pinterest Find will be published every day this week. Be sure to let me know your favourites…

Source: sosimplyspecial.com via Carla on Pinterest

First up is this coke float / ice cream stand. Great idea for a kids party, but also a nice summer afternoon idea for friends.

For the coke floats you will need:

  • Long glass tumblers
  • Coke
  • Ice cream (preferably vanilla, but cherry could also work well)
  • Long spoons (for scooping up the ice cream)
  • Straws

For the ice cream station you will need:

  • Sundae glasses, or similar
  • Long spoons
  • 3 different flavours of ice cream
  • 3 sauces (I like chocolate, strawberry and toffee)
  • Toppings (chocolate shavings, sprinkles, candied fruit, brownie chunks, honeycomb)
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherries to garnish

Optional extras are pretty napkins and fancy straws! How fun does this sound?!


I’m not used to warm weather – is there a way to keep the ice cream from melting if it is out of the freezer? Obviously keep it out of sunlight but any other tips?