Test Kitchen: Suzanne Goin's Creamsicle Floats

Float If there was one thing that stood out for me from the New York Times' recent battle of the budget dinner parties, it was the creamsicle floats which Julia Moskin made for her dessert.

The recipe, which comes from L.A. chef Suzanne Goin, is barely that -- just a combination of three ingredients: vanilla ice cream, fresh tangerine juice, and seltzer.

I loved the way the tart flavor of the tangerine juice was offset by the creamy vanilla ice cream (store-bought in my re-creation, though the recipe calls for homemade).

The complete recipe (which serves 6) is available online at the Times website.

To make a single serving, add one scoop of vanilla ice cream to a glass with approximately 1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice (about the juice of two tangerines) and top with seltzer (be careful, it foams up). Serve with a straw and a spoon.

The recipe got me thinking about other juice/ice cream combinations that might make for delicious floats. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below.



In Puglia, Southern Italy, we have two very popular ice cream combinations.
The first one is called "Nocciolino", which in Italian means the "little hazelnut". The recipe is just the combination of: warm espresso (two shots or very long, served in a large cup); and a scoop of hazelnut ice cream.
The combination of the warm coffee with the cold icecream is fantastic!!
The second is called the "affogato", which in Italian means "soaked". The recipe is just the combination of: truffle chocolate icream, half a glass of Italian Amaro liquor (i.e. Fernet Branca, made with herbs), toasted almonds on top. Again the conbination of the bitter liquor with the truffle chocolate are sublime...
hope you like them....


What a great twist on a cremesicle. Thanks for sharing it.


I make preserves to sell at market and I have some leftover rhubarb syrup from last year so I'm going to make floats with the syrup, seltzer and homemade citrus sherbet.


I haven't tried this but ever since I was a kid I would pour buttermilk into half a glass of orange juice. No one would believe me that it tastes just like a creamcicle. (I don't stir--that way you keep getting a different hit of flavor as you sip.)


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