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These Sparkling Wine Floats with peach and strawberry sorbet are a frosty miracle in a glass. Featuring two juicy flavors of fruit sorbet and pink champagne plus a splash of flavorful liqueur, this rosé sorbet cocktail is equal parts fun and refreshing, plus it doubles as rosé dessert!

Featured comment: Oh my! This is fabulous! Floats are one of my favorite ways to enjoy an adult beverage. This immediately went on my list for the weekend and this float did not disappoint. Drank it on the back deck while taking in the sunset. Thank you.” – Stacey

Action photo of rose wine being poured over scooped os sherbet in a stemmed glass.

Update: This recipe for rosé floats was originally published in July 2017. I made updates to the post below to include more information about making a fancy wine flat at home. 

About this recipe for wine floats 

This luxurious libation is light and refreshing with quadruple scoops of fabulously fruity, luscious peach and strawberry sorbets, then topped off with aromatic liqueur and effervescent, sweet rosé. The taste of this rose dessert is bomb dot com, but my favorite part of this champagne and sorbet float? It’s like a real-life cocktail transformer. 

These sorbet drinks start off as  grown up, fizzy sundaes you eat with a spoon, and then they magically change as the sorbet starts to melt, becoming a silky smooth, wine sorbet cocktail that’s perfect for guzzling. It is STUPENDOUS.

If you’re looking for more wine cocktails, be sure to try one of these bubbly libations next: How to make a Mimosa (with flavor variations), Champagne Mixed Drink, and Sangria with Strawberries.

Why you’ll love this rose dessert

But aside from tasting like an ambrosial nectar from the frozen dessert gods, these strawberries and rose champagne sorbet cocktails are also:

  • Quick & Easy – Just scoop, pour, drizzle, and serve! This rosé float requires zero fancy equipment and takes just 5 minutes or less to up your cocktail game.
  • Made With Just 4 Simple Ingredients – And two of them are sorbets, so you know it’s simple.
  • Double The Fun – This peach, strawberry, and sparkling wine float pulls double duty as both cocktail and dessert, so you have one less thing to worry about for your next dinner party. 🍷🍨
  • Bright & Refreshing – Repeat after me: pink champagne sherbet cocktails. That honestly says it all!

What is a wine float? 

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a bubbly adventure? Well, hold on tight because we’re about to dive into a champagne sorbet recipe that’ll make your toes curl

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, what in the world is a wine float?” And trust me, I totally get it! It sounds like a concoction that a tipsy unicorn might dream up, right? But fear not, my adventurous sippers, because I’m that tipsy creature! 😋🦄

Picture this: a tall, elegant glass filled with effervescent and tantalizingly pink Sparkling Rosé. Now, imagine scooping up a spoonful of creamy, dreamy peach sorbet and plopping it right into that glass. Oh, the sheer delight! But hold onto your hats (or wine glasses), because we’re about to add another dollop of goodness to the mix in the form of luscious strawberry sorbet. 

When those icy sorbets start to melt into that sparkling sea of rosé, something truly magical happens. The flavors begin to mix and mingle, creating a fizzy, refreshing, slurp-able drink. It’s like a flirtatious tango between a refreshing summer dessert and a sparkling wine that knows how to party. Talk about a match made in cocktail heaven! 

So, in short, this strawberry champagne sorbet is like the suave, sophisticated older sister of the root beer floats we loved when we were kids. And I, for one, don’t think kids should get to have ALL the summer fun! Add these boozy dessert floats to your summer celebration line up, stat!

Straight on photo of three scoops of sorbet in a stemmed glass with a bottle of rose in the background.

Ingredients for a sherbet float 

As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this boozy peach and strawberry float dessert drink. Here’s what to grab:

  • Peach Sorbet and Strawberry Sorbet – The two-toned color and flavor mix makes these sorbet rosé cocktails feel extra special.  
    • Feel free to swap in your favorite flavor combo of fruit sorbets, or swap in peach and strawberry sherbet to make a sherbet float instead. You can also substitute granita or Italian ice for a closer substitute of sorbet.
  • Sparkling Rosé – Pretty, pink, and delightfully bubbly, this is what takes this strawberry peach float recipe from cute to couture. 
    • You’re also welcome to use regular sparkling wine, champagne, prosecco, or sweet white wines like riesling, though your floats won’t be quite so technicolor if you do.
  • St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur – For adding an extra layer of warmly floral je ne sais quois to your cocktail sorbet drink. 
    • Blood Orange Liqueur also makes a lovely substitute!

Optional float variations

  • Go Creamy. Rather than making a sorbet alcoholic drink, try making a creamy sherbet rose float instead!
  • Swap Your Sorbet. Strawberries and peaches are two of my favorite summery fruits, but don’t let that limit you. Feel free to mix and match different flavor combos to match the seasons. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    • Mango Passionfruit: Dive into a tropical adventure with the vibrant flavors of ripe mango and zesty passionfruit. Swap in the blood orange liqueur for the best combo.
    • Pear Ginger: The subtle sweetness of pear pairs perfectly with a hint of spicy ginger, creating a delightful autumn treat. Elderflower is a perfect accompaniment here, but use plain sparkling white wine to keep the fall colors on point.
    • Raspberry Lemon: Indulge in the zesty sweetness of raspberry sorbet, lemon sorbet, Champagne, and fresh raspberries. 
    • Black Cherry Chocolate: The flavor notes of black cherry sorbet mixed with chocolate sorbet will blow the classic root beer float right out of the water. Use a dry red wine, like Merlot, and don’t forget to garnish with a couple of cherries.
    • Cranberry Orange: Tangy cranberries and zesty orange create a winter wonderland of flavors, bringing a burst of brightness to the season.
    • Strawberry Rhubarb: Celebrate the arrival of spring with the classic duo of sweet strawberries and tangy rhubarb, a match made in fruity heaven.
  • Use Ice Cream. Swap out the sorbet or sherbet entirely and opt for generous scoops of ice cream instead.
  • Red Wine Floats. Nix the rose wine and sorbet entirely and opt for a sweet red wine or blend, or your favorite red. Just make sure you match the flavor of the sorbet with the wine, you want complementary flavors. For example, if using a fruity red wine, like pinot noir, opt for vanilla bean ice cream or chocolate ice cream.

Garnishing wine floats

While garnishes are totally optional, they will make your fruity dessert cocktail feel extra special. I recommend using at least one garnish if serving these rose floats for a special occasion, like mother’s day brunch or Galantine’s day. Below are some of the best garnishes for a cocktail rosè float.

Close-up photo of a rose dessert with sorbet and wine.

How to make this sparkling wine float

Making this float with sorbet and rose is an absolute breeze. Here’s how:

  • Add Sorbet to Glasses: Add one scoop of peach sorbet or sherbet to two wine glasses or sundae glasses. Next, add a scoop of strawberry or raspberry sorbet.
  • Add Liqueur and Wine: Pour 2 tablespoons of liqueur over the sorbet. And then fill the wine glass with the rosé wine.
  • Garnish the sorbet rose floats with a slices of lemon, slices or strawberries or fresh raspberries, and mint leaves if desired.
  • Serve your rose dessert immediately and enjoy!

Expert tips for the best rosé sorbet

  • Freeze your serving glasses before assembling the wine floats for the frostiest experience. ❄️
  • Adding the liqueur is optional, but recommended for the best boozy twist! I have used both Blood Orange Liqueur and Elderflower Liqueur when making these rose dessert floats and both are delicious. Blood orange liqueur will add a velvety sweet notes of orange and raspberry, whereas Elderflower Liqueur will add warm floral notes to the float.
  • You can either purchase sorbet, use sherbet, or make it yourself. I’ve included instructions to DIY sorbet in the notes section of the recipe below.

FAQs: frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between sherbet and sorbet?

Want the scoop on sherbet versus sorbet? They’re both deliciously scoop-able frozen desserts, but there are a few differences between them. Sherbet contains dairy, giving it a creamy texture, while sorbet is dairy-free and has a lighter, icy consistency. Additionally, sherbet has a bit of fat due to the dairy, while sorbet is fat-free. 

You can use either in this recipe for rosè float.

Straight on photo of a rose float with sorbet.

Serving this sorbet cocktail 

While there are about a gazillion opportunities to serve these wine and sorbet floats all year round (think: pool parties, backyard BBQs, New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day, random Wednesdays, etc.), you may want a few ideas to keep things fresh and interesting. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Theme it Up: Match the flavors and colors of your sorbets with special occasions or themes. For a Fourth of July party, use red strawberry and blueberry sorbets to create a patriotic wine float. On Valentine’s Day, use strawberry and raspberry. For Thanksgiving, try a cranberry and orange sorbet float instead! 
  • Personalized Floats: Set up a DIY wine sherbet float station where guests can create their own combinations. Provide an array of sorbet flavors and let everyone mix and match to their heart’s content. 
  • Mini Float Shooters: Serve your wine floats in mini-sized glasses or shot glasses. They’re perfect for parties or gatherings, allowing guests to indulge in small, adorable portions of wine float goodness.
  • Strawberry Cocktail Party: Make it a strawberry-themed party for adults and serve your rose floats with vodka drinks with strawberries, strawberry cocktail with basil, and sangria with fresh strawberries.

Storing float leftovers 

  • Like all good things, these sweet sherbet champagne cocktails are fleeting. Slurp them down while they’re still fresh! 
  • If you have any rose dessert leftovers, you can freeze them into popsicle molds for future frosty treats.

Straight on photo of a rosè sorbet cocktail garnished with a fresh strawberry.

Remember, my wine-loving compadres, life is too short for dull sips. Embrace the joy, the fizz, and the laughter that a wine float brings. So gather your favorite people, raise those glasses high, and let the fizzy sherbet float adventure begin. Until next time, keep sipping, keep smiling, and keep floating on cloud wine! 🥂🍨

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Straight on photo of a wine float with sorbet and rose.

Sorbet Rose Float

5 from 8 votes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 floats
These Peach & Strawberry Sorbet Rosé Floats are a classy, adult twist on root beer floats. With crisp, bubbly Rosé, fruity sorbet and aromatic liqueur these floats are fun, refreshing and can double as cocktails and dessert!
Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.

Equipment

  • 1 Ice Cream Scoop
  • 2 Wine Glasses

Ingredients 

  • 2 Scoops Peach Sorbet (SEE NOTES)
  • 2 Scoops Strawberry Sorbet (SEE NOTES)
  • 1 (750 ml) Bottle Rosé Wine -CHILLED (Substitute: Champagne, Sparkling Wine, or Prosecco)
  • 4 TBS St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (Substitute: Blood Orange Liqueur)

Optional Garnish: thinly sliced lemon, strawberries, mint leaves

    Instructions

    • Add Sorbet to Glasses: Add one scoop of peach sorbet to each wine glasses, followed by one scoop of strawberry sorbet.
    • Add Liqueur and Wine: Pour 2 tablespoons of liqueur over the sorbet. Then fill the glass with rosé wine.
    • Garnish the sorbet rose floats with a slices of lemon, a fresh strawberry, and mint leaves if desired.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Notes

    • You can substitute Granita, Italian Ice, Sherbet, or Ice Cream if you like.
      • Granita and Italian Ice will yield the most similar texture float as sorbet.
      • Both sherbet and ice cream contain dairy, so they will yield a wine float with a creamier texture - like a classic root beer float.
    • The liqueur is optional, but recommended. I have used both Blood Orange Liqueur and Elderflower Liqueur when making these floats and both are delicious. Blood orange liqueur will add a velvety sweetness along with notes of orange and raspberry to the float. Elderflower Liqueur will add warm floral notes to the float.
    Homemade Sorbet:
    2 ½ pounds fresh fruit – washed and roughly chopped
    1 Cup Sugar
    2 tsp Lemon Juice
    ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
    1. Puree fruit in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add in sugar and blend again. Add in lemon juice, salt and blend until pureed. Taste and adjust for seasoning with lemon juice and salt.
    2. Strain the fruit puree through a fine mesh strainer into a container. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Churn according to ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions.
    Nutritional information is an estimate based upon 2 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 112kcal    Carbohydrates: 12g    Sodium: 2mg    Sugar: 12g

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