How to Make a 69 Cent Coffee Float

I’ll be completely honest with you, I’m not a fan of coffee. My husband though, my husband ADORES coffee. He drinks it like other people drink water. But who wants to have a hot drink in the heat of the summer? Even my husband will admit it isn’t the best time. Sure, he could go on a Starbucks run for one of their fancy iced coffees, but those are expensive and they add up fast. So, when this summer came around I started thinking up ways for my husband to keep enjoying his coffee without making our bank account cry. That’s when I discovered the Coffee Float.


Coffee float with vanilla ice cream



Yes, you read that right, the coffee float. Just like the root beer floats we all grew up on, except instead of root beer…or that one time I tried it with Dr. Pepper and Mint Ice Cream…you’re making it with coffee. I won’t go into the Mint Ice Cream and Dr. Pepper story right now. Just know that it is exactly as awful as it sounds. Anyway…back to the coffee float…




It’s based on my 13-cent cold-brewed iced coffee recipe (coming soon), which yes, really only costs 13 cents per cup. In fact, the coffee float will cost you less than 75 cents per cup depending on which coffee and which ice cream you use, when I made it the final price was just 69 cents per cup.

Brewing Coffee for Coffee Floats


Of course, there are ways you can spiff it up a bit if you like by adding chocolate shavings, whipped cream, mint, or even marshmallows. Just keep in mind that every time you add something to it you’re also making it more expensive.  But that isn’t always a bad thing though, it’s important to treat yourself, especially when you’re trying to save money. Little things like adding marshmallows to your coffee for a week is a great way to do that.





But, I’ve delayed you long enough, here’s everything you need to know about making this delicious 69 cent coffee float.


Coffee Floats Ready to Drink



Coffee Float

Life's Ingredients
The root beer float has evolved to include America's favorite drink, making it more interesting than ever before.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 hrs
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Cups


  • 2 Gallon Jars
  • 2 Coffee Filters
  • Sieve


  • 8 Cups Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Ground Coffee of Your Choice The nicer the better


  • Put ground coffee into a large jar.
  • Pour cold water over the ground coffee and cover.
  • Let it sit in the fridge for 12 hours
  • Line Sieve with coffee filters and filter the coffee into a clean jar.
  • Cover and store until ready to be consumed.
  • Right before consumption add two scoops of french vanilla ice cream.
  • Optional: Add Chocolate shavings, whipped cream, orange peel, or cinnamon to take your coffee float to the next level.


You can skip the final steps of adding ice cream and toppings and you will have yourself a delicious cold-brewed coffee. Add ice on a warm summer day for a cool, refreshing iced coffee without having to run to a cafe.
Keyword Coffee, Drinks, Iced Coffee