How to make the coolest ice cream floats with Atlanta-made ingredients

Root beer and vanilla is just the beginning

Atlanta ice cream floats
Mango sorbet from Honeysuckle Gelato in blackberry and sage kombucha from Kea Beverages

Photograph by Bailey Garrett; food styling by Tami Hardeman

Root beer + vanilla? Just the beginning. You can assemble an ice cream float in a hundred different ways—with an icebox full of local products. Here are a few made-in-Atlanta combos to get you started.

Mango sorbet
Honeysuckle Gelato
(sold at Ponce City Market and Lee + White)


Blackberry and sage kombucha
Kea Beverages
(grocery stores including Grant Park Market)

. . . or swap out kombucha for Savannah-based Verdant Kitchen’s Georgia Ginger Ale
(grocery stores including Buford Highway Farmers Market)

Summer strawberry ice cream
Butter & Cream
(shops in Decatur and O4W)


Krümkake butter pecan cream soda
New Creation Soda Works
(grocery stores including Alon’s)

. . . or swap out strawberry ice cream for Revolution Gelato’s (vegan!) dark chocolate gelato
(grocery stores including Carver Neighborhood Market)

Atlanta ice cream floats
Coffee crunch ice cream from Queen of Cream in black coffee soda from Bat, Bat Soda

Photograph by Bailey Garrett; food styling by Tami Hardeman

Coffee crunch ice cream
Queen of Cream
(grocery stores including Savi Provisions, plus an Inman Park pickup window)


Black coffee soda
Bat, Bat Soda
(shops including Banjo Coffee)

. . . or swap out coffee soda for coconut porter from Cherry Street Brewing
(shops including Hop City at Krog Street Market)

This article appears in our July 2021 issue.