Strawberry Soda Floats

Strawberry Soda Floats

So we got this notice on our door yesterday from our complex titled “Updates and remainders (yes, it said remainders): Do not, under any circumstance pay children to take your trash to the dumpster. The children are not taking the trash to the dumpster; they are placing it in the shrubs, behind buildings, and in the parking lot! This is unacceptable and dangerous!”

Um, really?

“Hey Billy, can you please take out the trash?” “Oh, sure, Mom”. Billy then proceeds to take the garbage and just chucks towards the nearest bush. Or, he just tosses it straight into the parking lot and just leaves it there, goes back in and demands that he gets his two dollars. The thought of this happening makes me laugh all the way down in my soul. What I also want to know is how the complex found this to be such a serious issue…

It’s a lovely Wednesday afternoon and Billy is asked to take out the trash. So, he takes that garbage bag and finds the finest bush on the property where he can place said trash. Just as he is throwing away his trash, one of the maintenance guys spots him, “Hey, you, kid, why are you throwing that garbage in the bushes?” “Oh, ummmm, I’m just throwing away the garbage…You mean to tell me this isn’t where the trash goes?? I get two dollars…”.

Seriously, I’m still laughing.

If you want to give your kids a nice treat for throwing away your garbage in the bushes, this strawberry soda float is perfect. I think I am going to change the name of this blog to Eat. Drink. Strawberry. because seriously, this is like the gazillionith strawberry recipe I have posted, but who doesn’t love strawberries?! I might go as far to say that I like these more than a root beer float…I know. It’s serious.

Strawberry Soda Floats

Strawberry Soda Floats


  • 1 pint strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • vanilla or strawberry ice cream
  • club soda


  1. Place the strawberries into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Heat a sauce pan on medium heat, pour in the strawberry puree. Stir in the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer over a bowl or large glass. Discard the solids and let the syrup chill for at least a few hours.
  4. To make the floats, pour about 1/4 cup of the syrup into a glass. Add a scoop (or two) of the ice cream and then top with the club soda. Stir to combine and then serve!
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Strawberry Soda Floats



  1. Haha that is only slightly weird :P
    But good on you I think Billy would love this in exchange for choring!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Strawberries are out of season for me but I’m surely trying this with some blueberries tonight. :)

  3. LOL!!! That darn Billy and his trash escapades! LOL! You certainly had me chuckling with the visuals of that. Hopefully AZ will be trash free in the bushes for you. :) I love this float… it makes me think of a 50’s soda shop. :) Have a great weekend. :)

  4. PS.. What lighting do you use for your photos? They are always so bright and cheery. :)

    • Hey Ramona, I try to use the best natural light I can get by having a small table set up next to a window. For when the natural light isn’t so great, I also use Cowboy studio lights as well as a table light. You can find both in my Amazon store! The Cowboy Studio lights are only about $60 and you get three lights and they can easily be folded and put away. The Lowell EGO table light is pricier, but also works well.

  5. To funny of a story!!! Your float looks out of this world! I love strawberry floats!!! Yum!!

  6. ahahhahahaah. Oh funny. This looks amazing though!

  7. LOL, I love it! What a neighbourhood problem :) These floats look amazing, perfect for the second hot spell we’re having right now!

  8. I love how simple this is. Love it!

  9. Eat. Drink. Strawberry. I love it! I am a sucker for a good ole’ root beer float, but never would think up a strawberry float! What a creative recipe. And it’s SO SO simple!

  10. I read that and literally laughed until tears were pooling in my eyes. SO. FUNNY.

    I’m imagining this event happening at our apt complex. Oh, the trauma. Do not pay the children.

  11. That is sooooo great! Totally laughing at my desk right now!!!

    This float looks amazing! I was a freak about vanilla and strawberry when I was little. This would have been perfect for me!

  12. These sound wonderful Stephanie! So much better than root beer floats, which is all I encountered as a child.

  13. Haha that is hilarious! I could just imagine the little kids throwing it in the bushes and hurrying home.

    As for these floats – AMAZING! I’ll definitely indulge in one of these tonight – I had a long work week!

  14. I know a bonus way to make this even better! At Safeway (and other stores I believe) there is an ice cream brand called Dairy Glen (it’s a 2 gallon bucket sort of thing) and they have a flavor called Strawberry Sundae, it’s a vanilla ice cream with ribbons of strawberry jam (or something like strawberry syrup) and if you use that you can have the best of both worlds! Vanila ice cream and strawberry!

  15. We used to get weird postings for our apartment complex too – misspellings and all. This drink looks fabulous! Simple, cool, flavorful! I need to use club soda more.

  16. HAHAHA who does that?! lmao, that’s hilarious. these strawberry soda floats look like a great summer send off drink!

  17. Oh, yeah, I’d take these over a root beer float every time! And I can’t wait to see your next notice from the apt. complex…LOL.

  18. These are really adorable! My hubby would love them – he’s a big fan of root beer floats and he loves strawberries :)

  19. Hahaha that is kind of hilarious. Thank goodness you found out about that “scandal” before those youngsters tricked you too haha! This float looks beautiful an delicious. I could go for one right now!

  20. What a beautiful and refreshing drinks,,,,,and I’m still laughing ,Funny I got two dollars,so I can throw everywhere :)

  21. It’s still warm enough here in the afternoons to crave something cold and refreshing. I’ll be trying this soon!

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