Blackberry Ice Cream Floats

Blackberry Ice Cream Floats made with Oregon Blackberries  anyone? This sweet treat is sure to please. Bonus – use the extra blackberry vanilla syrup to make lemonade, drizzle over ice cream or pancakes, whatever you like!

oregon berries blackberry ice cream floats

Ingredients

For the Syrup

Thin strips zest from 1 lemon
½ C frozen blackberries
½ C fresh lemon juice
½ C sugar
½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise to expose seeds

For the Floats

32 oz club soda
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 C frozen blackberries

Preparation

Step 1
In a medium saucepan combine lemon zest, blackberries, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla

Step 2
Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium to simmer until syrup thickens slightly and blackberries are broken down, about 10 minutes.

Step 3
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Fish out vanilla bean, scrape out seeds, and add seeds back to strained syrup. Cool completely.

Step 4
To serve, pour 1 oz (2 tablespoons) syrup into each of 4 tall glasses. Top with 8 ounces club soda per glass and stir to combine. Place a generous scoop of ice cream in each glass, and garnish with blackberries.