These Boozy Salted Caramel Pretzel Root Beer Floats are a quick and easy cocktail dessert for those hot days!
In the summer (and basically every other season), I, Colleen love myself a boozy milkshake.
But when the thermometer goes way way up, I prefer something a tiny bit more refreshing but every bit as decadent.
And that’s why these Boozy Salted Caramel Pretzel Root Beet Floats satisfy that craving! These really speak for themselves.
As if root beer floats aren’t indulgent enough, I go right ahead and add booze, salty pretzels, and a generous dribble of homemade caramel to mine.
SO worth the effort.
And speaking of effort, it’s really all in the assembly.
How to Make a Bourbon Salted Caramel Sauce
The only thing you’re really truly mixing here is the caramel sauce, which you can make ahead of time.
I highly recommend a double batch. Because you’re gonna wanna put this salty sweet bourbon-y gold on EVERYTHING once you try it.
When paired with crunchy pretzels, creamy ice cream, and the zip of hard root beer, it basically fulfills every craving and guilty pleasure in the book.
To make the boozy caramel sauce:
1 — In a saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and water over medium heat.
Cook until the mixture is a medium amber color, about 7 minutes.
Occasionally, brush the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystals from forming.
Then, remove from heat.
2 — Stir in heavy cream. Then, add butter and stir until combined. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
3 — Stir in bourbon.
Ways to Serve Boozy Salted Caramel Pretzel Root Beer Floats
Since the assembly of these floats is pretty easy, they make a great party treat.
You can even set up a float bar and make your guests assemble their own!
Just garnish the glasses ahead of time, and set up stations with all the ingredients. This way, your guests can add as much booze or sweetness to their liking.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can even make your own homemade ice cream.
I serve this with a straw AND a spoon, ’cause let’s be honest, this is basically a sundae.
Those willing to get a little messy are definitely rewarded here.
The caramel pretzel rim is arguably the best part and will leave you with a sugary smile!
If you want to cool down with the ultimate sweet treat this summer, these Boozy Salted Caramel Pretzel Root Beet Floats are definitely for you!
Easy Bourbon Recipes To Try
Has anyone else tried getting creative with the new wave of hard sodas out there?
We personally find them a little too sweet to sip on their own. But LOVE them in dessert applications like this float!
Now bourbon is something we are very familiar with and have played around with a lot. For more easy recipes that highlight bourbon, check out a few of our favorites —
- Spiced Cinnamon Apple Waffles with Bourbon Syrup
- Christmas Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Coffee Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Easy Dirt Dessert Recipe: How to Make a Boozy Dirt Cup
Root Beer Float Cocktail Idea | Boozy Caramel Pretzel Root Beet Floats
Boozy Caramel Pretzel Root Beer Floats Recipe
- Pastry brush
- Blender or food processor
For the bourbon salted caramel:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp bourbon
For the boozy float:
- Bourbon salted caramel
- 6 hard root beer
- 1 qt vanilla ice cream
- 2 cup pretzels
- Whipped cream
How to make the bourbon salted caramel:
- In a saucepan, combine the sugar, salt, and water over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is a medium amber color, about 7 minutes. Occasionally, brush the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystals from forming. Then, remove from heat.
- Stir in heavy cream. Then, add butter and stir until combined. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
- Stir in bourbon.
To make the boozy float:
- Prep 6 glasses. Dip the rim of tall glasses, jars, or mugs in the bourbon salted caramel. Chill the glasses in the freezer.
- Place 1 cup of the pretzels in a food processor and pulse until just broken down. (Or hammer them in a cloth bag if you don't have a processor).
- Transfer the broken pretzels to a small plate. Then, remove the glasses from freezer and dip each rim in the broken pretzels.
- Spread some caramel on the inside of the prepared glasses.
- Add ice cream.
- Drizzle with more caramel sauce and broken pretzels.
- Top with hard root beer, whipped cream, additional caramel sauce, and whole pretzels also dipped in caramel.
Don’t forget to share your Boozy Salted Caramel Pretzel Root Beer Floats with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? You can find them all right here with a few desserts to go along with them.