“These lavender earl gray blackberry ice cream floats are a symbol of my hot summer days at home with a new baby. A strong dose of caffeine to get me through the day, lavender for a splash of refined rebellion, and bright berry tartness blended into the bitter herbal fruit syrup that’s fizzed up with soda and playfully poured over vanilla bean ice cream.”

(Sarah Menaxis)

Today on the blog, we’re sharing our new favorite “summer mascot” drink…a beautiful + vegan Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Float, courtesy of Snixy Kitchen author Sarah Menaxis. And the best part is? There ain’t no ice cream involved (we said “vegan,” didn’t we?). 😉

The recipe is cocktail-inspired (but more of a faux-tail), “complete with bitter black tea, infused simple syrups, fruity shrubs, and an unending supply of La Croix to make it sparkle,” says Sarah.

**Recipe and all images courtesy of Snixy Kitchen.**

Happy sippin’!


Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Floats {Vegan}

AUTHOR:Sarah Menanix

YIELDS6 large floats


Lavender Simple Syrup

¾ cups sugar

½ cup water

1 tablespoon culinary dried lavender*

Bitter Earl Gray Tea

1½ cups boiling water

5 earl gray tea bags (or 2½ tablespoons loose earl gray tea)

2 cups blackberries

Juice of half a lemon

3 cups sparkling water

1½ pints vegan vanilla bean ice cream (or your favorite vanilla ice cream)


1) Prepare the simple syrup. Head the sugar, water, and dried lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat, just until the sugar melts, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the syrup and let cool.

2) Brew the tea. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, pressing excess liquid from the bags, and let cool.

3) Purée the lavender simple syrup, earl gray tea, blackberries, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Strain the puree to remove any seeds. You should have about 3-3½ cups of puree.

4) In a large pitcher just before serving, slowly and carefully add the sparkling water to the blackberry puree (it should foam up a lot!).

5) Place 2-3 scoops of ice cream in each of six large glasses and pour blackberry soda over the top. Add a splash more sparkling water to add a little foam to the top and serve immediately.


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