These delicious Eggnog Floats are a perfect holiday treat, full of classic eggnog flavors in every sip. They’re so easy to make and incredibly indulgent, making them a favorite for any festive occasion.
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Eggnog Float Recipe
This eggnog float recipe is simply delicious. Fizzy ginger ale, sweet ice cream, and creamy eggnog come together to create a cool and refreshing treat filled with warm vanilla flavors. It’s so good that it might become a new seasonal favorite for the whole family. Just don’t be surprised if you start craving it even when summer comes around…it’s just that yummy!
Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just want a sweet treat for a cozy night at home watching Christmas movies, this eggnog float is a fun and delicious choice. You can even win extra points with Santa if you leave one out for him on Christmas Eve with these Gumdrop Cookies or these classic Spritz Cookies.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients – This is an easy recipe that only requires three ingredients and a couple of tasty toppings.
- Eggnog flavor – It has the same fizzy goodness of a Coke float or root beer floats but with all the yummy flavors of eggnog.
- Festive treat – Christmas is the perfect time of year for these festive eggnog floats.
- Ice cream – This is a simple recipe, so you want really good-quality vanilla ice cream for these floats.
- Eggnog – You can buy it ready-made in grocery stores during the holiday season, or you can make this homemade eggnog recipe so you can enjoy it all year around.
- Ginger ale – You can use any lemon-lime soda, or if you prefer it a little less sweet, you can use club soda.
- Whipped cream – Use whipped cream in a can so you can swirl it on top in a pretty pattern.
- Cinnamon for topping – Ground cinnamon gives the float a warm spice flavor.
How to Make Eggnog Ice Cream Floats
- Scoop ice cream into a tall glass.
- Pour eggnog over, then ginger ale.
- Add whipped cream and cinnamon to the top of the float.
- Boozy eggnog floats – This is a non-alcoholic eggnog float, but feel free to add a splash of rum or bourbon to the ice cream mixture.
- Extracts – Feel free to add other extracts. Butter extract, peppermint extract, or almond extract are great options.
- Chocolate drizzle – Drizzle chocolate syrup over the ice cream before adding the eggnog and ginger ale for a little bit of chocolatey goodness.
- Caramel swirl – Swirl caramel sauce into the eggnog for an extra bit of sweetness.
- Nutty topping – Sprinkle chopped nuts, like toasted almonds or pecans, on top of the whipped cream.
- Additional garnishes – Garnish with a maraschino cherry, a slice of orange, or crushed candy canes.
- Non-dairy version – If you need to make this a non-dairy version, you can use coconut milk eggnog and a non-dairy vanilla ice cream.
What Does Egg Nog Taste Like?
The traditional eggnog recipe is made with a combination of egg yolks, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. When combined, it has a rich vanilla custard-like flavor.
Why is it Called Egg Nog?
The phrase eggnog comes from a combination of the word “egg,” which is one of the main ingredients, and an old English word “nog,” which means strong beer. Though it is not certain, it’s thought that eggnog was once made with beer and an egg custard mixture.
Does Egg Nog Have Raw Eggs?
Most store-bought brands of eggnog do not contain raw eggs, though it is important to read the labels. If you want to be certain, you can always make this easy eggnog recipe, which cooks the eggs over medium-low to medium heat.
You’re also going to love our copycat McDonald’s Eggnog Milkshake recipe.
Can I Make Ice Cream Floats in Advance?
It’s best to prepare the floats just before serving, so you will still get the fizziness of the ginger ale. However, you can go ahead and scoop up the ice cream and add it to the glasses, then place them in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, add the milk mixture and ginger ale and serve.
More Holiday Drink Recipes
- Copycat Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake
- Pink Hot Chocolate
- Grinch Hot Chocolate
- Crockpot Hot Chocolate
- Crockpot Apple Cider
- Apple Pie Smoothie
- Apple Cider with Caramel
- 3 scoops ice cream
- 1 ½ cups eggnog
- ½ cup ginger ale
- whipped cream for garnish
- cinnamon for garnish
- To your glass, add scoops of ice cream. Pour eggnog over, then ginger ale. Top with whipped cream, and cinnamon, if desired.
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