Blueberry-Basil Ice Cream Floats

Blueberry-Basil Ice Cream Floats

Perfect for a leisurely afternoon, Blueberry-Basil Ice Cream Floats pair our homemade ice cream with ginger ale for a frothy refresher with tantalizing herbal character.

Blueberry-Basil Ice Cream Floats
Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 4 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 pints fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh blueberries, fresh basil leaves
  1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups half-and-half and basil. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat; remove from heat, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a container, discarding solids. Cover and refrigerate half and-half until very cold, about 2 hours.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream with a mixer at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Add sweetened condensed milk, and beat until stiff peaks form again. Gradually pour in basil-infused half-and-half and remaining 2 cups half-in-half, stirring until combined.
  3. Pour mixture into the container of an electric ice cream maker. Stir in crushed blueberries. Freeze mixture according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon mixture into freezer-safe containers, and freeze for up to 1 month.
  4. Spoon desired amount of ice cream into glasses. Fill with chilled ginger ale. Garnish with blueberries and basil, if desired, and serve immediately.

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