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photo of the classic root beer float topping, a cherry by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
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Root Beer Float Recipe

There's nothing like a classic root beer float for a nostalgic treat! The perfect pairing of root beer and ice cream makes it the best frozen dessert drink.
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Desserts
Keyword: boozy desserts, chocolate, drinks, frozen drinks, frozen treats, ice cream, ice cream float, root beer, root beer float, sugar and cloth, vanilla
Servings: 1
Calories: 374kcal


  • Ice cream scoop


  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream or chocolate if you prefer
  • 8 oz root beer diet root beer can also work
  • 1 Maraschino cherry optional for topping


  • Add two scoops of ice cream in a highball glass, tall glass or mug.
  • Slowly pour in the root beer until it begins to bubble and froth over.
  • Optional: Top the glass a maraschino cherry.
  • Immediately serve with a straw or spoon.


Tips For Serving The Best Ice Cream Float
  • Chill your glass ahead of time for any extra frothy drink! Simply place them in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving.
  • You want to avoid as much fizz as possible when your pour. So tilt your glass and slowly pour in your root beer.
  • To avoid the ice cream sticking to the scooper: Keep a bowl of warm water nearby. Dip the scooper in the water each time to before you scoop to moisten the spoon.
Serving To A Crowd
  • Slightly soften a half gallon of ice cream on the counter.
  • Tightly wrap plastic wrap around a baking sheet, making sure it’s taught on top.
  • scoop out rounded balls of ice cream and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Continue to do so with the entire container, leaving space between each scoop.
  • Next, place the baking sheet in the freezer to allow the individual scoops to harder.
  • When ready to serve, the scoop will slide off the plastic wrap for perfectly portioned black cauldrons throughout the night!


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 556IU | Calcium: 180mg