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    Root Beer Float Recipe

    Published September 14, 2018. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Take a trip down memory lane to your kid years while you make this delicious incredibly easy to make root beer float recipe.

    I remember when I was a kid I would always order this for dessert.  Not ice cream, or cake, or pie, I wanted a float.

    Well, fast forward 25 years and I still want one so I went ahead and hooked this up which literally consists of 5 ingredients, which you can make 4 if you want to just buy whipped cream out of a can.  Relive your past with this easy to make deliciousness.

    root beer float recipe

    How to Make It

    These are incredibly easy to make, just like in my Frozen Cafe Mochas.  The most basic recipe is simply soda and ice cream.  Of course I like to load floats up with toppings, but we’ll get to that later.

    The most important part of this recipe is quality root beer, so I used Sprecher which is just so dang good and creamy.

    Honestly, I drink these without ice cream which honestly makes it that much better for a float.  The cool thing about ice cream floats is that your root beer doesn’t even have to be ice cold because the ice cream will help chill it immediately.  The correct way to make this is to add the scoops of ice cream to your glass then pour your soda over the top until the glass is full.

    Now you will need to make a few more pours once the carbonation settles.  I know this seems so elementary but that’s the beauty of it.

    This recipe is supposed to bring you back to your childhood!



    There are some pretty classic toppings and most notably cherries and whipped cream.  I, of course, went with homemade whipped cream and fresh cherries because why not?!  I’m a bit of traditionalist so I like to home make things and there is nothing like homemade whipped cream.

    Simply add some cream and sugar to a standing mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks are formed and boom you are good to go.  The whipped cream just adds that extra bit of love to this.

    The next thing is a cherry, and those hyper red cherries in a can terrify me, I mean no way is that thing legit at all no way.  When fresh cherries are in season use them, I promise it will be much tastier and better for you as well.

    homemade root beer float with whipped cream

    Well, that’s all I got, but I recommend you make this one asap, and if you have kids they will love it!

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    Root Beer Float Recipe

    Out of dessert ideas? Try this super delicious and easy to make Root Beer Float Recipe that comes together in seconds.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes


    • 4 chilled bottles of your favorite root beer
    • 1 quart of Haagan Daaz vanilla ice cream
    • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
    • ½ cup of sugar
    • fresh cherries


    • In a standing mixer, whisk the heavy cream and sugar to form stiff peaks. Keep cool before serving.
    • Next, scoop the vanilla ice cream into 4 tall glasses and pour in the root beer into each glass.
    • Top off with fresh whipped cream and cherries.


    Calories: 995kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 10gFat: 69gSaturated Fat: 43gCholesterol: 266mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 559mgFiber: 1gSugar: 75gVitamin A: 2735IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 380mgIron: 0.2mg
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American