For a fun, playful, adult drink, check out this Dirty Grape Float made with vanilla ice cream, grape soda, and vodka. It takes a classic ice cream float and gives it an adult twist! It is a refreshing dessert drink worthy of being added to your list of Summer Drink Recipes, for sure! Keep the fun going with my Dirty Root Beer Float and Dirty Creamsicle Float, too!

A couple of Dirty Grape Floats on a wooden table with fresh grapes around.
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Dirty Grape Float Ingredients & Smart Substitutions

  • Ice Cream: Three scoops of vanilla ice cream are added to the float. For the creamiest ice cream (seriously), use my no-churn ice cream! After you try it, you will want to make all of the flavors of my no-churn ice cream!
  • Vodka: Choose your favorite brand of vodka for this drink. This is what gives the float its ‘adult’ label. For additional flavor, try adding flavored vodka like grape or vanilla. Gin or white rum would also work.
  • Grape Soda: Grape soda gives the float its main flavor and adds fizz! You could experiment with other flavors, too, like cherry, strawberry, or lemon-lime soda!
  • Garnish: The toppings for the float are optional, but I never can leave off a little bit of whipped cream! Then, add some red grapes and mint for more flavor and visual appeal.
Pouring grape soda over ice cream and vodka to make a Dirty Grape Float.

Non-Alcoholic Grape Float Mocktail Recipe

For a refreshing drink suitable for all ages, it’s easy to make this ice cream float into a grape soda ice cream float mocktail! To do this, simply replace the vodka with a non-alcoholic ingredient. I like to use club soda, soda water, or even lemon-lime soda. Enjoy the family-friendly mocktail, delicious on those hot summer days!

Tops of Dirty Grape Floats showing the soda and ice cream.

How to Garnish A Dirty Grape Float

I opted for grapes and whipped topping for a garnish as we all know people eat (drink!) with their eyes first. However, this drink is so fantastic all on its own that you do not need to garnish. It may be fun to serve in a classic mug, such as in this Creamsicle Float post, just to amp up the nostalgia!

Dirty Grape Float on a wooden table surrounded by fresh grapes.

Dirty Grape Float

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
For a fun, playful, adult drink, check out this Dirty Grape Ice Cream Float made with vanilla ice cream, grape soda, and vodka. It takes a classic ice cream float and gives it an adult twist!


  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 12 ounces grape soda
  • whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
  • red grapes, frozen, for garnish (optional)
  • mint, for garnish (optional)


  • Scoop three generous scoops of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass.
  • Top with vodka.
  • Slowly pour in the grape soda. Be careful as it will foam up!
  • Top with whipped cream, frozen grapes, and mint. Serve immediately. Cheers!

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


What a fun treat with a twist! Perfect for a hot summer evening!


This drink is so pretty, it would be fun to serve. And it is really refreshing! I plan to enjoy one (or two) during our upcoming heat wave!!!


The flavors in this ice cream float blended well, but it was a bit too sweet for my taste. It's definitely a unique and fun drink for those who enjoy something different, though!


This dirty grape ice cream float is a fantastic adult twist on a childhood favorite. The vodka gives it a nice edge without overpowering the classic grape soda and vanilla ice cream combo. Perfect for a party or a relaxing night in!

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