Pineapple Soda Floats for #SundaySupper

Homemade Pineapple Soda Floats |

Way back in March, the New York Times ran an article about Nora Ephron that contained a delicious description of her favorite pineapple milkshake. It sounded so absolutely amazing that I bought a can of pineapple the very next time I went to the store with big plan to make the milkshakes at home. I must have thought about them a million times, but that can of pineapple sat there until last week.

Milkshakes are heavy and rich and seem like they need a special occasion. And, honestly, all that dairy makes my stomach hurt. Not worth it.

Then I saw some ridiculously beautiful strawberry soda floats on Pinterest and I knew what I was going to do with that can of pineapple: make homemade pineapple soda to use in floats. Light and refreshing, these pineapple soda floats are the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. (Or do what I plan to to and drink them all fall, in complete denial that summer is over.)

Homemade Pineapple Soda Floats |

The key to these floats is homemade pineapple soda, which is full of bright flavor without being too sweet. Start by making pineapple simple syrup –  just boil equal parts water and sugar, then add some pineapple and let it steep. You’ll end up with a thick, sugary syrup with a super concentrated flavor. Add carbonated water and there you go: soda! It couldn’t be easier, and the syrup keeps great in the fridge, so you can make the soda right when you want to drink it. It also makes it really easy to adjust the ratio of syrup to water to your liking.

You can drink the soda just like that, but for the floats just add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. A little goes a long way, so don’t add too much!

You can also add spiced rum if you want a more adult beverage. (Hint: You do.)

Homemade Pineapple Soda Floats |

Pineapple Soda Floats
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Be sure to extract as much liquid as you can from the pineapple for optimal flavor - I used a potato masher to press it all out. The pineapple syrup will keep in the fridge for at least a week.
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 2 liters club soda or plain seltzer
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Optional: ¾ cup spiced rum
  1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add pineapple. Cover and let sit 30 minutes. Strain, squeezing/smashing the pineapple to get as much liquid out of it as you can – you should end up with 1 cup of pineapple syrup. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of pineapple syrup into each glass. Add 8 ounces of club soda and stir gently. Add rum, if desired. Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Thanks for participating this week! This sounds very refreshing!

  2. The Ninja Baker says:

    Your pineapple soda is a perfect tropical companion for soaring temperatures, Lauren =) Please do stay in denial that summer is over so I’ll have company. And we can keep drinking oh, so appropriate pineapple sodas!

  3. Heather Sullivan says:

    Yum! I just started to make my own sodas too, this would be perfect to add

  4. Pineapple is my absolute favorite – I could eat an entire pineapple in one sitting. I also love vanilla ice cream. Naturally, these pineapple floats are perfection in a glass!

  5. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen says:

    Lauren, the idea of making homemade sodas just opened a new category in my mind! Thanks for sharing that recipe today!

  6. I’m totally into spending all of September and October pretending that it’s still summer with a glass of float by my side. Fabulous.

  7. Oh YUM!!!! Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits (thus the cake I shared this week!) I’ll have to try this!

  8. This is such an awesome idea! Your pictures are amazing btw. Makes me want to dive into one right now.

  9. Renee Dobbs says:

    Adding pineapple to my shopping list. What a lovely beverage for the holiday (or any day for that matter).

  10. This sounds ridiculous. I love Pineapple Malts, but I’ve never tried a Pineapple Soda Float…brilliant idea. And now, I will not be able to stop thinking about your version until I make it!

  11. littleredkitchen says:

    Yes, I most definitely think I do want that rum! Love homemade sodas, they are just so much tastier than anything from a can. Plus floats are just so much fun.

  12. I love, love anything pineapple! And much less guilt downing one of these instead of a milkshake :)

  13. chocolatemoosey says:

    Maybe it’s because my stomach isn’t playing nice right now, but these sound amazing at 10:46 am haha I can only imagine the possibilities with different fruits. Bet you could add some coconut water and make a pina colada version.

  14. Boy! This drink surely is going to be popular! I love pineapple soda. I used to drink it as a kid when I visited my grandma. I’ve not seen it where I live, but with a little recon, I know I can find some. And sip on this to finish the summer!

  15. Yum, this does sound fizzy, sweet, and delicious

  16. That looks wonderful! I haven’t had a float since I was a child. My mum used to make me lemonade or cola float. This is far more sophisticated! I am now craving a float!

  17. This sounds incredible! Love me some pineapple

  18. Those sound and look amazingly refreshing, Lauren! And I am with you on the addition of rum. Even more delicious!

  19. Pineapple soda sounds so awesome. And perfect for a summery float. Nice job!

  20. Happy Baking Days says:

    I love pineapple, and I would definitely have mine with the spiced rum ;)

  21. Cindys Recipes says:

    I love pineapple everything! This sounds so good, Lauren!

  22. Jen @JuanitasCocina says:

    My mind is spinning with the flavor possibilities from this!!! LOVE it!

  23. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious says:

    Homemade pineapple soda?…. I’m all in!

  24. What a creative approach!!! I grew up loving cherry sodas, but wow, this version with pineapple sounds incredible!

  25. What a perfectly healthy beverage for a hot Labor Day meal! Takes me to the tropics in my mind! Glad to have found your beautiful blog through #SS!

  26. Kathia Rodriguez says:

    This is genius!

  27. kimchi_mom says:

    looks and sounds so refreshing! beautiful photos!

  28. This sounds SOOOO refreshing. I wish I had a straw right now!

  29. Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks says:

    Pineapple soda? WOW! That sounds awesome plus making it a float sounds even better.

  30. This looks like the perfect for a summer party!Never made my own sodas but this looks like the perfect recipe to try :)

  31. wow these look refreshing! Are you sure the rum should be optional?! ;)

  32. Family Foodie says:

    Yum! Pineapple is one of my favorites. This sounds so refreshing and delicious!


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