flipper: orange juice and ice cream float

by Eva Felis on May 31, 2012

Is it wasting your youth when you spend a big part of it, sitting in an Italian cafe preferable at a table outside, watching people and at the same time hoping not to be seen by a certain group of them like mums and teachers. If you are having a flipper in front of you,  I would say: NO not at all. That was my preferred treat for one whole summer, which had been spaghetti ice cream before, after that I had chocolate ice cream alternate with hazelnut milk shake, followed by fresh orange juice and then cappuccino, no one was drinking latte at this point in recent history. I bet this Italian cafe made a fortune with all the young people hanging around and spending their pocket money on ice cream but at the same time I am feeling sorry for the staff, it wasn’t always easy with us and this place was packed all the time.

One of my friends mum tend to say: you can make this on your own. She did it all the time (I bet she still does) and my friend did it too, mother like daughter I guess…. It kind of drives you nuts, if you are planning to buy a nice cardigan and you hear, that you shouldn’t spent your money on it and rather make it by yourself. At the time I would have been ready with knitting it would have been summer, not even mentioning the quality of my creation. But she was absolutely right with making things on your own, that would be more appreciated and talking about goodies from the kitchen, homemade tastes better. That’s the thing about flipper. It so easy to make, that I stopped spending my pocket money on it and make it on my own. Sometime life is fair, good things can be so easy.

Flipper! Is this not a weird name for an ice cream float? I got dolphins on my mind… But that’s what the menu said. I started to cool the fresh pressed juice but went back to room temperature oranges and juice, because I think the best about it, is the melting vanilla ice cream, that cools and blends into the orange juice and a cloud of soft  ice cream is floating on the top of the glass. I constantly alternating between slurping the orange milk shake through the straw and spooning out the soft vanilla ice cream. If you want to make it as a “real” dessert or for special effects, you can add some grenadine syrup at the bottom (think about tequila sunrise), top with whipped cream and a cherry.

flipper: orange juice and ice cream float

1 serving, you can double, triple, quadruple or quintuple as much as you like


2-3 oranges per serving, depending on the size of your oranges and your glass

vanilla ice cream

whipped cream (I don’t like it, that’s why it’s not in the pictures)


You can chill your glass in your freezer, a few minutes will be enough.

Press oranges, remove the seeds. Add ice cream scoops piled high until you reach the rim of your glass. Pour over orange juice and top with whipped cream if you like. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon.

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  1. Eiscafé Veneziiiaaaaa! Da war Willi noch Kellner und der Flipper noch erschwinglich. :-)

  2. Even if I have the feeling that winter is coming back this could be a new summer fav – a nice read Eva! Love like you are telling stories. Big hugs from germany

  3. This looks sooooo good and sounds really interesting! I have had many ice cream float, but never had it with orange juice. I am curious what this is going to taste like. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I love citrus with creamy desserts; this looks so good, and so simple. That photo of the ice cream melting on the table makes me want to lick my screen. :)

    • Thanks Lokness and Alanna!
      I just want to let you know, I am not responsible for any screen liking that may happen while looking at my pics. 😀

  5. Hello, how are you? I hope you are doing well. I needed to say that I like this article.

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