Raspberry Tea Floats are a fruity twist on the popular Root Beer Float, but we’ve skipped the traditional soda and replaced it with a sparkling raspberry herbal tea. Great for anyone who loves raspberry or for non-soda drinking families.
Here’s a non-soda twist on the popular Root Beer Float. Rather than root beer, these floats use Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea, which gives a beautiful red color that is perfect for 4th of July celebrations. The other bonus is that this is a great way to have floats, without using soda. Not only is herbal tea healthier, but it’s a a great option for families who don’t drink soda.
I bought my Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea at Walmart for under $2.50 a box. If you don’t find it at your store, another option is Amazon which sells it in a 6-box pack with a price that works out about the same pricing (Amazon affiliate link): Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Tea, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
The base of Raspberry Tea Floats is a tea concentrate. It’s very easy to do: pour 1 cup boiling water over 6 Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea bags. Let it steep for 10 minutes and remove the bags. The concentrate is sweetened with some sugar and then chilled. When you are ready to make your floats, you add in some seltzer water to the concentrate.
To make your floats, fill your glass about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way with sparkling raspberry tea and frozen raspberries and blueberries and then top with vanilla ice cream.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 6 Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea Bags
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups seltzer water (or other sparkling water)
- Frozen blueberries and raspberries
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Pour boiling water over tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled.
- When ready to serve floats, add seltzer water to tea concentrate. Fill glass ½-3/4 full with sparkling raspberry tea first, then berries, and finally with vanilla ice cream.
- Serve immediately with spoon and straw.