Cherry Cola Float

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup sugar

1/4 cup maraschino cherry syrup, plus cherries for garnish

1 cup half-and-half

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 liter cola, chilled

4 ounces vanilla vodka, optional


  1. In a small pan over medium heat, add the sugar and 2 cups water and stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and cool.
  2. In the saucepan with the cooled sugar syrup, whisk in the maraschino cherry syrup, half-and-half, and vanilla. Pour into an 8 by 8-inch cake pan and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Fill 4 tall glasses 3/4 full with cola. Add 2 scoops of the frozen cherry mixture to each glass and top with a cherry. Add 1-ounce vanilla vodka, if using, to each glass.
  4. Scrape the remaining frozen cherry mixture into a resealable freezer container and keep in the freezer for up to 1 week.
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