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Ginger Peach Crumble Ice Cream Floats

Have a taste of nostalgia with these Ginger Peach Crumble Ice Cream Floats! Made with sweet peaches, crunchy oat crumble, vanilla ice cream, and ginger beer, they’re a fun but elevated dessert option that can be so easily customized.

hand pouring a jar of ginger beer into a glass of peach crumble ice cream floats

Did you have ice cream floats as a kid? I know they were one of my favorite treats growing up. Today’s recipe is a remix of the traditional, using a ginger-infused peach sauce + crunchy granola topping reminiscent of peach crumble. Fizzy ginger beer and foamy vanilla ice cream make this the perfect late summer dessert.

Ingredients for Ginger Peach Crumble Ice Cream Floats

For peach sauce:

  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TBS grated fresh ginger
  • 3 TBS bourbon, optional 
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

For oat crumble topping (feel free to sub with pre-made granola)

  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 TBS brown sugar
  • 3 TBS chopped walnuts (or other nuts, optional)

For serving:

  • Vanilla ice cream, vegan if needed
  • 1-2 bottles of spicy ginger beer (or ginger sparkling water, if you’re looking for something lighter)

How to Make Peach Crumble Topping

In a small pan, combine olive oil, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nuts (if using). Let entire mixture toast in the pan until fragrant and golden, about 5 minutes.

How to Make a Basic Peach Sauce

  1. Add peaches, water, and salt to a large skillet over medium heat. Let cook until bubbling, then mash with a fork slightly, to smooth.
  2. Add ginger, optional bourbon, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Stir to prevent sticking, if things are cooking too quickly, turn down the heat and add a bit more water.
  3. Cook for a couple of minutes more, until you have the texture of a thick but soft sauce. Remove from heat and set aside.
two glasses of peach crumble ice cream floats topped with mint on a wooden table

What is the best ice cream for floats?

Vanilla ice cream tends to be best for floats as it complements all other flavors. For a dairy-free vanilla ice cream, Sunscoop Vanilla Bean Cream is the best. For regular ice cream, Breyers Vanilla bean is a classic option.

Other Creative Ice Cream Float Ideas

  • Vanilla ice cream + fresh blueberries + jam + ginger ale
  • Vanilla ice cream + fresh strawberries + root beer
  • Lemon sorbet + raspberries + sparkling lemonade
  • Ginger ice cream + pistachios + ginger kombucha
  • Vanilla ice cream + fresh berries + rhubarb shrub
  • Vanilla ice cream + espresso (for an affogato)

Other Peach Crumble Recipes to Try

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Crispies

Brown Butter Bourbon Peach Crumble

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hand pouring a jar of ginger beer into a glass of peach crumble ice cream floats

Ginger Peach Crumble Ice Cream Floats


  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

For peach sauce:

  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TBS grated fresh ginger
  • 3 TBS bourbon, optional 
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (about 3 TBS)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

For oat crumble topping (feel free to sub with pre-made granola)

  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 TBS brown sugar
  • 3 TBS chopped walnuts (or other nuts, optional)

To serve:

  • Vanilla ice cream, vegan if needed
  • 12 bottles of spicy ginger beer (or ginger sparkling water, if you’re looking for something lighter)

Instructions

  1. Add peaches, water, and salt to a large skillet over medium heat. Let cook until bubbling, then mash with a fork slightly, to smooth. Add ginger, optional bourbon, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Stir to prevent sticking, if things are cooking too quickly, turn down the heat and add a bit more water. Cook for a couple of minutes more, until you have the texture of a thick but soft sauce. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Next, in another small pan, add olive oil, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nuts if using. Let entire mixture toast in the pan until fragrant and golden, about 5 minutes.
  3. To assemble floats, later ice cream, peach sauce, and oat crumble in 2 or 3 tall glasses. One filled 3/4 of the way, top with ginger beer. Enjoy immediately. 

Notes

Nutrition information calculated for oat topping and peach sauce only (I am not sure what type of ice cream you’d use)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: One third of recipe
  • Calories: 212.4 calories
  • Sugar: 18.6 grams
  • Sodium: 395.7 milligrams
  • Fat: 10.3 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.9 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 29.4 grams
  • Fiber: 3.6 grams
  • Protein: 3.1 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: peach crumble, ice cream, ginger beer, float

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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  1. Patricia Gooch says

    We made these after our recent bike ride with friends. Our friends actually kept going back for more. Thanks so much for this wonderful dessert!

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