Indigo Float

Indigo Spider Float

I know the secret to feeling great.. and I am going to share it with you all. I am pulling out a favourite childhood memory of a drink called “The Spider” my dad loved to make for us with his beloved ice cream.  Not a day went by in our house without a daily dose of this creamy vanilla fix for dessert with or without fruit salad.

Digging into the freezer to recreate a family favourite. It’s so easy really, just add a scoop of  vanilla ice-cream to fizzy lemonade and enjoy the creamy bubbles of flavour. Here is my take on the iconic ice cream float.


  • 30 ml indigo syrup
  • 60 ml gin
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Splash soda
  • Ice


  • Boston shaker
  • Jigger
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Strainer
  • Espresso martini glass
  • 12cm straw


  • Cut straw to size
  • Add ice to Boston shaker
  • Pour 1 shot of indigo syrup and 2 shots of gin over ice
  • Place glass end inside the metal end of the shaker and seal ends together firmly
  • Place glass side up and right hand securely around middle/ top section of shaker and left hand at bottom
  • Shake forward at shoulder height for 30 shakes
  • Loosen and remove the glass top of shaker
  • Add one scoop of vanilla ice-cream to martini glass
  • Strain ice from the mixture into the martini glass
  • Pour indigo liquid over ice cream. It will start to soften the ice-cream
  • Add a straw to roll the ice cream ball and coat it with liquid (this is unnecessary but fun!)
  • Top up the glass with a splash of soda to make the frothy top layer
  • Time to submit to  “full on” cocktail bliss

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