Rainbow Sherbet Sparkling Cider Floats

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Rainbow Sherbet Floats are a fun and easy way to add some color and bubbles to any special day. It’s as simple as floating colorful little scoops of sherbet in bubbly sparking cider. But it’s the extra touches that make this a special mocktail or dessert for a birthday or spring holiday, or a rainbow treat to celebrate a gluten free St. Patrick’s Day

Four champagne glasses filled with sparkling cider and scoops of rainbow sherbet on a small silver tray

Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Martinelli’s. As always, all opinions are my own.

Originally published on February 12, 2017.

I don’t do often do cute food. Sure, I’ll create Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, but when it comes to fancy treats, well, you’re most likely to see me tossing some spinach in the blender along with a frozen banana and some mint extract to make a Shamrock Shake Smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day.

Luckily my kids don’t seem to mind that this kind of thing isn’t an everyday occurrence.

Sometimes, though, inspiration strikes. And when I do make something extra fun, they truly appreciate it and know that I’m showing them some extra love.

Like Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pies for Halloween. Or Snowman Marshmallows for Christmas.

So you can bet they were excited about these…

Rainbow Sherbet float with a sugared rim, fruit slices as garnish, and a polka dot straw

How to Make Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats

These will brighten up any day with a colorful and tasty treat! This is a fun mocktail that can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The basic version is simply floating some scoops of sherbet in a glass of sparkling cider. However, even for that I have some tricks to help you prep things ahead of time. This also makes them easy to assemble at the last minute and keeps the sherbet from melting too quickly

But by adding a few special touches, you can make them extra festive!

What you’ll need

For the floats:

  • Rainbow sherbet or individual container of three flavors of sherbet, such as raspberry, orange, and lime
  • Sparkling cider

Optional garnishes:

  • Honey or light corn syrup
  • Rainbow sugar or nonpareils
  • Orange slices, lime slices, and raspberries

Other equipment:

Pouring sparkling cider over small scoops of rainbow sherbet in a champagne flute

What you’ll do

  1. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop balls of the different flavors of sherbet or sorbet onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. You can use individual colors or swirl them togetherFreeze for an hour or two.
  1. If you want to add that extra bit of sparkle, before you make your floats, just dip the rim of your glasses or flutes in honey or corn syrup and roll it around in some rainbow decorator sugar or nonpareil sprinkles.
  1. When ready to serve, fill each flute or glass about halfway with Sparkling Cider. Add a few of the sherbet balls, then top with additional Sparkling Cider. Garnish with orange and lime slices and raspberries with a slit cut in them, if you like.
Sparkling cider in a champagne flute with small scoops of rainbow sherbet and a rainbow sugared rim

Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider and Juices make everyday a special day, and turn those special days and holidays into an event to remember. When I shared my Sparkling Cider Apple Chutney recipe, I told you how Martinelli’s have been a part of celebrations for me and my family throughout my life, and I have carried on that tradition with my boys.

Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats are sure to be a new way to continue our tradition of celebrating with Martinelli’s.

I hope that they are part of your Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthday, or any other special day this spring and summer too.

Four sparkling cider floats garnished with fruit slices on a tray

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four rainbow sherbet floats on a tray

Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats

A fun mocktail or dessert the kids will love for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or a special birthday.
Prep: 20 mins
Freezing Time 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the floats:

  • 3 pints rainbow sherbet or three pints of sherbet or sorbet, such as raspberry, orange, and lime
  • 24 oz Sparkling Cider or Sparkling Apple-Pear Juice

Optional garnishes:

  • 1 Tablespoon honey or light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sugar or nonpareils
  • orange slices
  • lime slices
  • raspberries

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, melon baller, or spoon, scoop balls of the different flavors of sherbet or sorbet onto the baking sheet. Place the sheet with the sherbet balls in the freezer for an hour or two.
  • Pour a small amount of honey or corn syrup into a small bowl. Dip the rim of your glasses or champagne flutes or glasses in the honey or syrup and then into the rainbow sugar or nonpareils. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, fill each flute or glass about halfway with Sparkling Cider or Sparkling Apple-Pear Juice, using a funnel if needed to keep the sugared rim intact.
  • Add 3-5 sherbet balls of varying colors to the glasses, then fill to the top with additional Sparkling Cider or Juice.
  • Add orange and lime slices and raspberries (or other fruit) to the rim for garnish.
Nutrition Facts
Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 32.1mg39%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

12 Comments
  1. Kathy

    When I was a child my dad would put a roast and vegies in the oven Sunday mornings for dinner after church. Always that roast in the oven and we were starved by the time we got home! He would often give use a scoop of orange sherbet in a juice glass with apple juice poured over it. No bubbly apple juice yet that we knew of in the dark ages. He would also do vanilla ice cream with grape juice. Yummy fun memory.

  2. It’s so cute! The color is great, too. This will be a nice treat for my daughter on her birthday’s party. Coincidentally, it is on Valentines Day. Thank you for your very detailed recipe.

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