Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth

Gingerbread Floats

Most of my holiday memories revolve around gingerbread in one way or another. My go-to gingerbread cookie recipe comes from my grandma, Bettie. Her cookies are satisfyingly spicy, and soft and chewy, just the way I like them. Granted, the recipe was incredibly cryptic when I first received a copy from my aunt. I’m talking about no time or temperature mentioned and vast variances in flour quantity from one version to the next. But I will never stray from her tried-and-true techniques. There’s more than just spice in those cookies: there’s love and tradition and family mixed into the dough as well.

Maybe that’s why gingerbread is always one of the first things I yearn to make when the temperatures begin to drop.

This holiday season, why not mix it up a bit with a festive twist on a soda fountain classic: the root beer float. Extending that love of gingerbread to the beverage category, we’ve replaced the root beer with vanilla cream soda and added a spiced molasses syrup that makes this drink taste like liquid gingerbread.

Imagine: a tall, frosty glass, overflowing with bubbly cream soda and spicy undertones of ginger, cinnamon and allspice. It’s a true crowd pleaser. Whether you’re a blender or a spooner, a straw sipper or a chugger, this float is sure to satisfy everyone. Not to mention that it takes almost no time at all to prepare, it may please you the most of all.

Gingerbread Floats



  1. In a small bowl, whisk together molasses and spices until combined. Drizzle syrup down the insides and bottom of 4 chilled serving glasses.
  2. Gently drop two generous scoops of ice cream into each glass. Pour cream soda over top, stirring gently to combine. Enjoy immediately.
Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth

About Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth

Husband and wife team LINDSAY LANDIS and TAYLOR HACKBARTH are entrepreneurs by day, running a web and graphic design business out of their home in Nashville, Tennessee. By night they cook, bake, and eat all manner of delicious things. Their food blog, Love & Olive Oil (, chronicles their culinary adventures in and around the kitchen. Lindsay is the author of The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook (June 2012, Quirk Books), and their next book, a joint endeavor entitled Breakfast For Dinner, is set to be published in February of 2013.
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One Response to Gingerbread Floats

  1. This takes gingerbread to a new level.I love the fact that not another gingerbread cookie recipe but a float. Cheers!