Sherbet Punch Floats. A cold refreshing take on the classic old school punch. Only this time you’ll be sure to get lots of the sherbet. Did I mention only 2 ingredients?
Embarrassing fact, until this weekend I had always called sherbet, sherbert, see the extra “r”, even spell check’s trying to correct me right now. I never questioned the spelling or pronunciation. I just knew it was sherbert and anyone who called it sherbet was wrong. Then I’m at the grocery store this weekend and low and hold they took the extra “r” out, after all this time….lol. Obviously I’m joking, I just didn’t want to admit that I was wrong all these years and honestly doesn’t sherbert just sound better? Darn spell check, I wish it would stop correcting me, I am trying to make a point here…Well looks like I need to “get the point”, not make one. I have been spelling and pronouncing sherbet wrong for about 30+ years, ouch!
This all started when I got the flier from my daughters school looking for volunteer moms/dads to assist throughout the school year. I started thinking of how much I loved it when my mom would come in and help out. Which then reminded me of all the sherbet punch we had in school, sunday school, at parties, etc. Now I don’t see it anywhere. That was seriously one of my favorite treats as a kid..well almost. Unless you were the kid that got passed over for when it came time for the server to give you a bit of the floating sherbet on top. If I didn’t get my share of sherbet, which by the way is what makes this punch ridiculously good, it was a true heartbreak. I’m talking rain on my parade sadness. I was way too nice and shy to dump my punch back in the bowl and say, “hey teach you forgot something, lets try this again, after all practice makes perfect right?” Nope, I internalized my disappointment and after all these years obviously have issues over it. But lucky for you my pain is your gain!
I bring to you today Sherbet Punch Floats. That’s right, your own glass of cold, refreshing delicious punch filled with scoops of sherbet! Not one but two or maybe three scoops of sherbet, yeah lets go with three. Now we’re talking. No more waiting with baited breath as the server fills your glass, hoping, praying they don’t forget the sherbet! Call me crazy, you wouldn’t be the first or last for that matter, but I am taking matters into my own hands. Making sure I get what’s mine! I don’t just want a skimming of sherbet, I want scoops! Now I’ve seen a bunch of recipes out there but the one I am most familiar with is just plain old ginger ale for the base. But obviously there’s nothing plain about ginger ale. Ginger ale is a full bodied, super bubbly, effervescent soda with a little bite. Which makes it the perfect one ingredient base. Its not too sweet so it compliments the sherbet so perfectly. Now my favorite part, rainbow sherbet. I love all the flavors in rainbow sherbet. They are bright, fresh, tangy and the colors are really, well colorful and fun. Going with rainbow sherbet means I don’t have to pick a flavor, they’re all there. [social_share]Yum
I took scoops of sherbet, placed them on parchment separately and put them back into the freezer to give them a good freeze. This will keep the float cold a little bit longer. When it comes time to glass up the Sherbet Punch Floats I start by adding three scoops of sherbet and then slowly pouring the ginger ale over it. Just imagine all those flavors combining, the ginger ale is getting into all the nooks and crannies of each scoop of sherbet, h-e-a-v-e-n!!
As the sherbet slowly starts to melt into the ginger ale it creates this smooth, creamy, rainbow of flavors bubbling over in excitement with each drink. And this time you will have the right amount of sherbet guaranteed!
Sherbet Punch Floats
- 1 Qt. rainbow sherbet
- 20 oz. Ginger Ale
- Line baking sheet or 8x8 pan with parchment
- Scoop out 6 scoops of sherbet, placing on parchment one at a time.
- Place tray in freezer until completely frozen, about 30-60 minutes.
- When ready to serve remove tray from freezer.
- Put three scoops into each glass and fill with ginger ale.
- Serve with straw and spoon.
2. Number of scoops of sherbet can be adjusted to your liking, you can add more or less.
3. Freezing scoops of sherbet step can be skipped, the sherbet will melt faster but still taste just as amazing.
4. This recipe makes 2 large floats. 1 qt of sherbet will yield about 9 scoops of sherbet but 20 oz ginger ale will fill only two large glasses, if you want to make more than two floats adjust quantities as necessary/buy more as necessary.