Green River Joins Food Network’s Parade of Floats

GR-Food-Network-Jeff-Mauro-pour-WEBWarm weather is here and it’s time to dive into the season with a summertime staple…ice cream floats! Our friends at the Food Network are leading the way by highlighting some innovative floats, including our personal favorite, the Green River Float!

The co-hosts of Food Network’s show The Kitchen had the pleasure of enjoying their first Green River Float on the most recent episode titled “Kitchen Hotline”.

GreenRiver-floatHead of The Food Network Kitchen, Katherine Alford describes Green River’s appearance as “an astonishing color”. When the float was made during the episode, she enthusiastically added, “Look at those colors. It’s like perfect Summer!”

We are honored that Chicagoland native, Jeff Mauro, shared his recipe for the perfect Green River float. Green River Soda has been a Chicago staple for almost 100 years. It was an alternative during Prohibition and was, as aura says, “What people drank when they couldn’t get the good stuff”. It’s made with REAL SUGAR, Natural Flavors, and is both caffeine free and gluten free.

Mauro explains that as kids, he and his family would drink Green River at Ed Debevics; an “old timey diner” and another Chicago classic. His recipe tops off the Green River Float with fresh whipped cream and green sprinkles on top!

As Mauro calls it the “beautiful green delicious looking float” is also featured on the cover of the June 2014 issue of The Food Network Magazine. The article feature is titled, “Parade of Floats”.

Green River Soda fans can whip up their own Green River Float with the recipe below:


  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1 -liter bottle Green River
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Green sprinkles, for topping


  • Place 2 scoops ice cream in each of 4 glasses. Fill each glass with soda.
  • Top each drink with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Make sure you check in with the Green River Soda Facebook page to keep track of the Green River Soda street team as they cruise around Chicagoland and the Midwest to spread some love to Green River Soda fans