June 19, 2015

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats {& Kid-Friendly Version}

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Bring back a favorite childhood delight in a fun-&-festive grown-up treat with Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats!  {But don't worry ... there's a kid-friendly version for creating memories with those kiddos, too.}  

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats

Do you remember the ice cream trucks that used to drive through neighborhoods in summertime, selling all kinds of fabulous beloved ice cream treats?  I sure do!  Ours didn't play music like some of the ones still around today do.  No, ours rang a little bell.  And I would get so excited when I heard that bell ringing from a street away.

As soon as I heard that bell, I would beg Mom or Dad for money ... and when they obliged, I'd dash out to the end of our driveway to eagerly await the little white truck with all the wonderful treats tucked away inside.

And you know what?  I would always, always, always buy the same thing ~


An Italian Ice.

I just couldn't wait to dig into the icy deliciousness with that cute little wooden spoon the ice cream truck driver gave you along with it.  And I would savor every single cold-&-tasty bite.

Well, I've now taken that favorite childhood delight and turned it into a fun and festive grown-up treat ... with these Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats!

I mean, why should kids have all the Italian ice fun, right?

But don't worry ... for those little ones, there's a kid-friendly version, too ... made with Sprite or 7-Up instead of champagne ...

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats

Creating Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats is really easy to do.  {Yay!}

Start with packaged Italian ice and use a small cookie scoop {or melon baller} to scoop small balls of Italian ice.

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats
Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats
Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats

Keep bowls of scooped Italian ice in the freezer, lightly covered with plastic wrap, until ready to serve.  They'll be okay hanging out in there for up to a few hours.

When ready to enjoy your fun-&-festive Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats, drop three {or four, if you'd like} Italian ice balls into champagne flutes ...

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats

... or 8-ounce plastic cups for the kiddos ...

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats

... and fill the remainder of the glass with chilled champagne { ... or 7-Up ... or Sprite ...}.

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats

Serve with a drink stirrer or straw for stirring around and breaking up all that yummy Italian ice.

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats

And then dive in and enjoy your fun-&-festive, cool-&-refreshing, brings-back-beautiful-childhood-memories Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Float.

Or for those kiddos?  You'll be creating new beautiful childhood memories with the kid-friendly version.  Because believe me, these floats are so fun and tasty they will not be soon forgotten.

Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats
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Red White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats {& Kid-Friendly Version}
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • Red Italian Ice {watermelon, cherry, or strawberry flavored}
  • White Italian Ice {lemon flavored}
  • Blue Italian Ice {blue raspberry flavored}
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine {sweeter types such as sec or demi-sec Champagne or sparkling Moscato are recommended}  OR  Sprite or 7-Up soda
Directions
  1. Using a small cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop Italian ice into small balls.  Place 3 {or 4, if you'd like} Italian ice balls in a champagne flute or other 8-ounce glass.
  2. Fill remainder of glass with champagne/sparkling wine or soda.
  3. Serve immediately with a drink stirrer or straw for stirring the float & breaking up the Italian ice.

Notes:
~ I found each 6-ounce container of Italian ice to yield 7 or 8 scoops, or enough for 2 to 2 1/2 floats.
~ Once scooped, the Italian ice holds its shape pretty well.  Lightly covered in plastic wrap, the scooped balls can 'hold' in the freezer for several hours ... so they can be scooped a bit in advance, if you'd like.  Also, once placed in glasses, the Italian ice balls hold their shape {indoors ... I didn't test outdoors} for about 20 minutes.
~ I've tried different types of sparkling wines, and found sweeter types go best with the sweetness of the Italian ice.  Dry Champagnes or Proseccos tasted a bit 'bitter' against the Italian ice's sweetness.


Enjoy!


Enjoy these other fun-&-festive red, white, & blue treats from The Kitchen is My Playground ...



6 comments:

  1. We never really lived in the city, so we rarely got to see an ice cream truck. But it was definitely a treat if we happened upon one. I hope we stumble upon one with my little guy one of these days! These floats are so cute! I'll have to make some if we host a BBQ for the 4th.

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  2. Wow! What a fun drink. I so want to make these for the fourth!

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  3. This looks so amazing! I can't wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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  4. Loving all of this red, white and blue! The drinks look delicious and the strawberries divine! Count me in for this party! :-)
    Thanks so much Tracy for sharing your tasty creations at MMM! See you on Sun. night!
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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  5. Lovely...just lovely. Your photos are soo inviting too. Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Your presence at our parties is a real gift. =)

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