BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS

Italian Soda…..no thanks…I’ll take these BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS !

 

BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS

BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS

BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS

 A while back I came across a photo on Pinterest of a Blood Orange Italian Soda.  The picture was beautiful!  To be honest with you I was very intrigued as to how the author of this photo came up with the recipe to concoct this interesting beverage.  The “pin” took me to a food blog called Completely Delicious.  She came up with the most amazing recipe for blood orange simple syrup!  She then poured the simple syrup over some ice, topped it with some 1/2 and 1/2 and then some sparkling or seltzer water. So I had an idea….why not turn this Blood Orange Italian Soda into Blood Orange Italian Soda Ice Cream Floats!

Blood Orange Italian Soda Ice Cream Floats

Blood Orange Italian Soda Ice Cream Floats

I made these for my kids as a special treat this past Saturday night.  The slurping of straws coming from our kitchen table I am sure could be heard for miles!  Let me tell you if there was an award for who could slurp up  BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS all four of my kids would win…hands down!  The Blood Orange Simple Syrup is so simple to make.  It really is the “hit” of this dessert with the combination of sweet & tart.  The creaminess of the ice-cream combined with the blood orange syrup reminds me of an orange flavored push up.  Once you add the sparking Pellegrino…forget about it…..you have died and gone to dessert heaven.  These BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS like an Orange Crush ice cream float with more distinguished flavors.  So distinguished you could serve it to guests, but so good you could “slurp” it alone!

Blood Orange Simple Syrup

Blood Orange Simple Syrup

BLOOD ORANGE ITALIAN SODA ICE CREAM FLOATS
Serves 4
An old fashioned Italian Soda with creamy vanilla ice cream and a homemade blood orange simple syrup.
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Ingredients
  1. Zest from 2 blood oranges
  2. 3 cups fresh squeezed blood orange juice (about 6-8 blood oranges)
  3. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  4. 1 gallon of premium vanilla ice cream
  5. Pellegrino Sparkling Water
To make blood orange simple syrup
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the orange zest, blood orange juice and sugar to a boil. Stir often to make sure the sugar dissolves. Lower heat and keep mixture on a simmer for about five minutes so that is gets a bit thicker in texture.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain the mixture and chill in fridge.
To make the floats
  1. In a tall glass place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Pour about 1/4 cup of the blood orange simple syrup over the top of the ice cream.
  2. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling Pellegrino.
  3. Grab and spoon and a straw and dig in!
Notes
  1. Although the taste and color of a blood orange cannot be beat for these floats, you could always use regular oranges, clementine's or even pink grapefruit.
Adapted from Completely Delicious
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