These strawberry champagne floats are a deliciously sweet and bubbly cocktail that double as a dessert and are perfect for holidays and parties!
Strawberry Champagne Floats Recipe
Pop open the bubbly! These strawberry champagne floats are great for any celebration you may be planning including Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, baby showers, bridal showers, Easter, or Mother’s Day. They’re also perfect for everyday celebrations such as brunch, book clubs, awards shows, or girls’ nights!
The full, printable recipe is below, but here is the list of needed ingredients.
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla ice cream
Strawberries: I prefer fresh strawberries, but if strawberries are not in season or available, feel free to use frozen.
Champagne or Sparkling Wine: Use your champagne or sparkling wine of choice, but I prefer Brut Champagne or a Sparkling Rose for this recipe. Definitely do not use an expensive bottle as you’ll be mixing it with ice cream … and well, that’s not what expensive champagne is for!
Ice Cream: I recommend a bright white vanilla ice cream (not french vanilla or vanilla bean) for this recipe just for color and looks, but if that’s all that’s available at the grocery store, then it’s fine! Want more of a strawberry taste? Go with strawberry ice cream!
Non-Alcoholic: Want to make it non-alcoholic? Substitute a Strawberry Soda for the Champagne.
Recommended Kitchen Equipment:
I use my Ninja blender for all my milkshakes! I can’t say enough good things about this blender! It’s not super cheap and won’t fall apart like some $20-30 brands (like Hamilton Beach), but it also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like a Vitamix.
I really like my GreenPan Paris fry pans and skillets. I recently switched to ceramic pans and I’ve been really happy with this brand. I started out with an inexpensive ceramic pan from a box store, just to see if I would like it, and I did, but it was ruined in about 2-3 months. However, my GreenPan Paris ceramic non-stick frying pans have been great! I’ve had them for about 6 months now and they still look brand new.
I also got rid of ALL my metal spatulas, whisks, kitchen utensils and replaced them with silicone utensils when I got these new pans so no one else would accidentally use any metal utensils on my new GreenPan pans and ruin them. My husband still complains about this, but I just point out that these pans were a small investment and I wasn’t taking any chances.
How to Make Strawberry Champagne Floats:
1. Wash and hull your strawberries but set aside a few to use as a garnish on top of your glasses.
2. Next, combine the remaining strawberries (about a cup and a half) with the sugar in a blender and blend, then add to a medium saucepan and heat over medium low for 5-10 minutes while stirring occasionally. Cool in the fridge for at least 5-10 minutes.
If you don’t like strawberry seeds, feel free to strain them out using a fine mesh strainer before chilling. If serving with seeds and pulp, serve with a spoon!
3. Add 2-3 scoops of ice cream to each glass, then top with 1/4 cup of cooked strawberry mix.
4. Add a colorful straw, pop open the champagne and pour it carefully into each glass.
5. Garnish each glass with a strawberry and enjoy immediately as the float ingredients will eventually separate and will need to be stirred.
Here’s the full, printable recipe:
- 4 cups vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups strawberries, divided
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- First, wash your strawberries and set aside a few to use as a garnish on top of your glasses.
- Next, combine the remaining strawberries (about a cup and a half) with the sugar in a blender and mix, then add to a medium saucepan and heat over medium low for 5-10 minutes while stirring occasionally. Cool in the fridge.
- Add 2-3 scoops of ice cream to each glass, then top with 1/4 cup of strawberry mix.
- Add a couple straws, pop open the champagne and pour carefully into each glass.
- Top each glass with a strawberry and toast!
- Enjoy immediately as the float ingredients will quickly separate and will need to be stirred.