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Mango Sorbet and Ginger Beer Floats

Mango Sorbet and Ginger Beer Floats

I got a Facebook message one evening from my friend Jan.  She told me she had just made a mango sorbet and ginger beer float and it was fantastic!

As I was reading the message I thought to myself “how brilliant!”.  But of course, I’d expect nothing short of brilliant from Jan.  She’s a passionate foodie as well as a fantastic home chef.

So I had to try it.  However, me, being me, I plowed through the market at mach speed because my to do list was much longer than my day, grabbed a carton of mango sorbet and what I thought was ginger beer.

I got home and put it all together for dessert one sultry, hot evening and realized my ginger beer was ginger “brew”, a very nice high quality version of ginger ale.

I decided to try it with the ginger ale and it was delicious.  Topped with a sprig of mint, this Mango Sorbet and Ginger Brew Float made a lovely after dinner treat.  Not too heavy and perfectly refreshing.

Mango Sorbet and Ginger Beer Floats

Although this float made a tasty little dessert, I had to try the float with ginger beer.  Why you ask?  Because ginger ale or ginger brew is not the same as ginger beer.  Ginger beer goes through a brewing and fermenting process and isn’t quite as sweet as ginger ale. Ginger beer also tastes more like real ginger.  Some ginger beer can even be a bit spicy – and it’s also less carbonated.  Ginger ale is much sweeter and more like a soda than a beer.

Both versions of the float were fabulous.  Although the ginger beer float was much less sweet and a bit more spicy.

I would absolutely serve both versions.  If you don’t like ginger beer, ginger ale works beautifully. Ginger ale is also a great sub for the kiddos.

If you’re a fan of ginger beer, you’ll love this refreshing, tropical and slightly sassy dessert.

Thanks Jan for this fantastic recipe! xo

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Jan’s Mango Sorbet and Ginger Beer Float

Makes 6 floats


2 pints mango sorbet

2-3 12 ounce bottles ginger beer or ginger ale

Sprigs of mint

Festive straws and long spoons


Scoop the sorbet into frosty mugs and then poor the ginger beer or ginger ale slowly over the sorbet.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and a pretty straw.

Sip and enjoy.






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  • Reply
    kelley {mountain mama cooks}
    August 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I love ginger beer and am definitely on the Moscow Mule train right now. What a fun twist on a traditional float and perfect for summer. Definitely trying this soon!

    • Reply
      August 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Kelley! It has been so hot here this summer we’ve been making all sorts of frozen smoothies and floats. Hope you’re doing well and surviving the move!! xo

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