This All-Local Ice Cream Float Will Have You Licking the Glass Clean

May 9, 2020

Suck it up, ladies and gents. This all-Filipino soda float is chock-full of the good stuff our motherland has to offer. Starting it off is some homemade salabat soda that’s packed with the heat of ginger root, mellowed down with a simple coconut syrup.

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Adding texture to this refreshment is a dollop of chunky mango jam that rests at the bottom of the glass like gold in a sunken treasure ship. Buffering the fizz is a generous scoop of Mantecado ice cream, which renders a milky cloud capped by a light coconut-caramel drizzle.

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Sure enough, this recipe is safe for the kids, but if you’d like to keep the party going, a splash or two of your choice poison won’t hurt.

Filipino Soda Float

Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 floats

Ingredients: Ginger Soda

  • 1 cup sliced ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • cold water

Procedure: Ginger Soda

  1. In a saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar, and water
  2. Heat until the sugar is melted, then bring the mixture to a boil
  3. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool
  4. Strain the syrup to remove the large pieces of ginger
  5. Add the cooled and strained syrup into a soda stream and top off with water
  6. Pulse the soda twice, until fizzy
  7. Refrigerate until ready to use. (If you do not have a soda stream or a similar machine, add the syrup into tonic water to create the soda.)

Ingredients: Mango Jam

  • 2 large mangoes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water

Procedure: Mango Jam

  1. Peel the mangoes, discard the seed, and cut the flesh into small cubes
  2. In a saucepan, combine the prepared mango, sugar, and water
  3. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thick
  4. Set aside to cool completely

Ingredients: Coconut Syrup

  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup muscovado sugar

Procedure: Coconut Syrup

  1. In a saucepan, bring the coconut cream and sugar to a boil, until the sugar is dissolved
  2. Lower the heat and cook the mixture until thickened and dark brown
  3. Set aside

Ingredients: Assembly

  • 1 recipe mango jam
  • 1 recipe coconut syrup
  • 1 recipe ginger soda
  • Mantecado ice cream

Procedure: Assembly

  1. In a long glass, add a spoonful of mango jam
  2. Add the ginger soda into the glasses, leaving about 1 ½ inches from the top
  3. Top off the soda with two scoops of ice cream per glass
  4. Drizzle the coconut syrup over the ice cream
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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2 responses to “This All-Local Ice Cream Float Will Have You Licking the Glass Clean”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    Wow. This looks awesome. Glad to see that someone (aside from me, that is) actually appreciates salabat 😉

  2. CC says:

    (If you do not have a soda stream or a similar machine, add the syrup into tonic water to create the soda.) – Um, do you mean add the syrup to soda water, not tonic? Don’t think the bitterness of the tonic water would go very well with the syrup.

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