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Root Beer Float

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Ingredients

2 cups per serving root beer
1/2 cup per serving premium ice cream

Root Beer Float

  • Medium

About This Recipe

No summer can go by without a root beer float. This is one of the wonderful “recipes” from my childhood. I use quotation marks because it isn’t really a recipe, but a combination of two fabulous ingredients to make something so much more than the sum of its parts.

Every summer I think about the menu we had when I was small. Every year, my dad would grill steaks and my mom would make her infamous potato salad, which she would serve with a fruit salad, potato chips, baked beans, and brownies.

Root beer floats were always part of that celebration.

It does seem kind of silly to give you a recipe for a root beer float, which is just a combination of root beer and ice cream. But I think the type of ice cream you use in this recipe is important. Don’t try to use frozen yogurt, and for heavens’ sake, avoid low fat products. Use the best ice cream you can find. And for root beer, I prefer A&W; it’s the brand I think tastes best.

Enjoy this easy recipe on a warm summer day.

Why this recipe works:

  • The contrasting flavors and textures of smooth and creamy ice cream and tingling and tart root beer combine to make each flavor stronger.
  • Some of the root beer will freeze on contact with the ice cream, which makes delightful little crunchy bits.
  • As the ice cream melts, the root beer becomes creamy.
  • Oh good grief – just go make one!

Steps

1
Done

This dessert/drink is always better if you chill the glasses. And you should use big beer mugs for this recipe.

2
Done

Put a scoop (about 1/2 cup) of ice cream into each chilled glass.

3
Done

Slowly pour root beer into the glass, stopping occasionally to let the foam subside.

4
Done

When the glasses are full, serve with an iced tea spoon.

lindaBest

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 48 books (47 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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