Ice. Cream. Champagne. Floats. Why have I not done this before? Do you know how much I love champagne?! (Hint: a lot).
I created this float to celebrate The Tony Awards happening next Sunday! Why this float in particular? It’s an ode to the Broadway musical She Loves Me, and its most well-known song, Vanilla Ice Cream. I adore this musical and its cast. Laura Benanti sings like an angel, as we all know. Jane Krakowski is my girl, I just love her. (Plus, she’s the sweetest in person. She used to come into the bakery I managed in Tribeca all the time and was a doll). And, yeah, I’m kind of the biggest fan ever of Zachary Levi. It’s true. He’s just my hero. If Zac brought me vanilla ice cream I would be like, “that’s awesome. Let’s eat it out of the container, play video games, and become best friends.” He’s nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for playing Georg! This is my way of showing my support for our Nerd 001.
She Loves Me snagged a bunch of other noms, too. Best Revival of a Musical. Best Featured Actress (Jane). Best Lead Actress (Laura). Best Design/Costume Design/Direction/etc.!
And then… there’s Hamilton. The nickname for this year’s Tonys is The Hamiltonys. It’s nominated 16 times in 13 categories and if it wins all 13, it’ll set the record for the most wins in history. But that’s not gonna happen, cause Zac is gonna win a Tony so #sorryboutcha. (ducks and runs away from Hamilton fans)
But to sum up my Theater Nerd (and just plain nerd) rant, you should go see She Loves Me! It’s running until July 10th and you can get tickets here! But you should also watch the Tonys next Sunday with me and make these Strawberries + Cream Champagne Floats!
I wasn’t really sure how champagne and ice cream would go, to be honest. I know sorbet and champagne is classic and delicious, but I’ve never had champagne with ice cream. I decided to just go for it and the result was amazing. It also definitely did not hurt that it was over 100 degrees this weekend in Portland. These floats were the most refreshing treat.
Since She Loves Me is all about love and romance, I also wanted to make these pink. I knew strawberries would be an obvious addition, ’cause hello, champagne and strawberries. So classic. But then I also decided to include strawberry soda, which was an excellent choice, if I do say so myself.
Plus, it’s perfectly pink color makes this float a lovely choice for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or baby shower (just omit the champagne for the baby mama! These taste great without it, too).
These floats are a wonderful special occasion treat. They’re refreshing. Fizzy. Sparkly. Fruity. And not overly sweet, thanks to extra dry champagne.
Try to use an all-natural strawberry soda (making your own is super easy, too!) and an organic, high-quality vanilla ice cream. Using extra dry champagne really works to balance the sweetness in this float. I used Korbel’s Extra Dry Champagne and it worked lovely.
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- 1 generous scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream
- ½ cup strawberry soda
- ½ cup extra dry champagne
- 3 strawberries
- Stem and slice two strawberries. Cut the third strawberry in half, keeping the stem attached.
- Place one sliced strawberry in the bottom of the glass. Top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add another sliced strawberry on top.
- Slowly pour in strawberry soda, letting the soda fizz down before continuing.
- Slowly pour in champagne, letting the champagne fizz down before continuing each pour.
- Serve floats with a straw and spoon and place the sliced whole strawberry on the side of the glass for garnish. Cheers!