root beer floats


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I haven’t had a root beer float in quite sometime. I bet it’s been upwards of ten years since I’ve sucked down one of those bad boys. Root Beer Floats were a staple summer treat in our house as I was growing up. Today, is National Root Beer Float Day! Between the creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer foam, how can anyone resist this sweet refreshment? Today we celebrate this tasty summer treat.

At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. This early version was also known as a “black cow.” To make one of these delicious beverages, just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer. (Note: If you reverse the directions and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll end up with a big mess!)

Today, enjoy this delicious American tradition and make your own float for National Root Beer Float Day!

Root Beer Floats are easy to make, just follow these simple instructions below and your taste buds will thank you for the treat later.


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer/beer


Spoon a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Slowly pour root beer into the glass, allowing the foam to rise and then recede before adding more root beer. It’s true you can make a beer float, too. Personally, I would try pumpkin beer and vanilla ice cream, but save that for an autumn treat.

Serve with straws and spoons.