Pimp My Root Beer Float

There’s nothing quite like a root beer float. Is it a drink? Is it a dessert? Is it refreshing? Is it decadent? Perhaps it is all of these. Slightly spicy root beer and smooth, rich vanilla ice cream complement each other perfectly and – more than that – the recipe to make a root beer float is easier than your slutty freshman year roommate. Really.

Sarah Spigelman is a graduate of the University of Arizona. These days, she lives in NYC, where she writes the food blog Fritos and Foie Gras and is living proof that you can still eat pizza at 2 am, even after you graduate.


Root Beer Float
Serves 1

Note: Your ice cream may cause the root beer froth to overrun the glass. This is the perfect time to scandalously ask the cute co-ed near you if s/he would like to lick your glass.

1 Can or glass of cold root beer
1 Scoop of vanilla ice cream
1 Cup
1 Straw
1 Spoon

Pour your root beer into the glass, leaving enough room in the glass for your scoop of ice cream and subsequent froth.

Put the scoop of ice cream into the glass.

Stir gently with the spoon.

Slurp with straw and eat with spoon, alternately.

Tipsy Float: Add 1.5 shots of vanilla vodka
Skinny Float: Use fat-free frozen yogurt and diet root beer
Lazy Float: Use a splash of cream or half and half instead of the ice cream
Asian Invasion Float: use ginger ale and green tea ice cream
Creamsicle Float: Substitute orange soda for the root beer

Originally posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011

One Response to “Pimp My Root Beer Float”

  1. Jeeya Conrad

    April 13th, 2013

    Its Party time!!

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