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How to Make a Rootbeer Float

Updated on April 27, 2009

I can still remember getting excited as a kid when my mother would make root beer floats. They were a super special treat that we only had once or twice a year, for some reason. When I realized how easy they were to make, it prompted me to wonder why we didn't have them more often. Like, you know, every day. My mother responded by giving me 'the look' and I knew that I'd never be able to talk her into it. But seriously, does anyone not love these? I suppose that there are some people who don't like a good ice-cream float, but I've never met any of them. Of course, these delicious summer favorites don't have to be limited to root beer -- many people use coke, cream soda, grape soda or even orange soda in their ice-cream floats instead, depending on where they grew up and which drink they love the most. Personally, I don't really enjoy root beer by itself, but put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in there, and OMG! My fave!

What You'll Need

  • Soda. A&W Root Beer is the most famous where I come from, but you could use anything you like, really. Some people prefer Coke, some Cream Soda, some Orange Soda, some Grape Soda. Whatever floats your boat (or ice-cream, in this case).

  • High-quality vanilla ice-cream. Don't get that vanilla ice-cream that dissolves the second it touches the root beer. It won't be pretty and it's a pain in the backside to get a the ice-cream if it liquefies immediately. You could, in theory, try another flavor, but you may want to test it first to be sure it tastes good with whatever you're drinking.

  • A gigantic cup. Ok, it doesn't really have to be gigantic. Whatever works for you.

  • A big spoon. Or an ice-cream scooper, if you've got one.

  • A straw. This is for people who actually have the patience to drink their float, as opposed to gulping it down!

How to Make a Root Beer Float

Making Your Ice Cream Float

  1. Place your gigantic cup in front of you.

  2. Grab the biggest scoop of vanilla you can manage.

  3. Place your big scoop of vanilla ice cream into your gigantic cup.

  4. Pour your soda over it.

  5. Stick your straw in there.

  6. Enjoy your root beer float!


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      hi 5 years ago

      i dont have those beer cups

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      Root bear princess 5 years ago

      Sweet once get vanilla icecream and some straws, I'm gunna be in root bear world!


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      angelina 6 years ago

      they taste so good

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      ms root beer 6 years ago

      this rock i made it homemade

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      Steve 6 years ago

      you for got about the "mull" its an important step

      mix a small amount of ice cream vanilla flavouring or essence and milk into the glass mix until its a paste add some root beer then the ice cream and more root beer always ensure the glass is Frozen .......

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      ROOT BEER MAN 6 years ago


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      sally 6 years ago

      you should frezze the cup for 15 minutes and rootbeer to before making the float

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      Pudding Fairy 6 years ago from The Top Shelf of the Pantry

      Ive been looking for Ice Cream Soda recipes! This is great thanks, It it the same method for a black cow? Just a scoop of Vanilla and coke poured over?

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      7 years ago

      Sounds good hope it tuurns out as good as it sounds because im doing it as a project at acheivement day fo 4-h tommorow evry body whish me luck *kisses* ???

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      Robin  7 years ago

      Yummy its soooooooo good Man if only if only i had some money lol

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      Erin Bower 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love A&W root beer....I would suggest Breyer's vanilla ice naturally good!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      So not fair, sounds really yummy and now I want one!! Sweet and yummy hub!!