Not Your Mother's Root Beer Float
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Dane Feldman

By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.

One of my all-time favorite treats is the root beer float and I’m a firm believer that some things shouldn’t be altered. After all, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Anyway, this is a classically delicious summer treat for anyone to love.

What you’ll need:
1 can root beer
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Old-fashioned whipped cream

Directions:
In each tall glass, drop two scoops of ice cream and pour half of the can of root beer over it. Top with whipped cream and an optional maraschino cherry.

While I totally stand by what I said about keeping this classic as is, there are some great ways to update it:

For boozy floats, add spiced rum, bourbon, or vanilla or whipped cream-flavored vodka. If rum is your float liquor of choice, use coconut ice cream instead of vanilla. Even better, though, would be to use 1 part root beer liqueur to 1 part root beer.

Whether you include alcohol or not, the root beer float is a summer classic and I recommend indulging in at least one this summer. If, like me, you concern yourself a little too much with sugar and calories, use diet root beer. That’s what I did, and I stand by it. I think my float tasted just as good as the original.

What are your favorite variations of the root beer float?

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