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The Ultimate Root Beer Float

An adult twist on the classic root beer float
ultimate root beer float

The classic root beer float only has two ingredients — root beer and vanilla ice cream — but the ultimate root beer float has four, elevating it to root beer float stardom with whipped cream, cherries… and a splash of booze. Of course, you can omit the alcohol, if desired.

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  • 2 root beers, chilled
  • 2 Cups classic vanilla bean ice cream, divided
  • 3 Ounces vanilla vodka or bourbon, divided (optional)
  • whipped cream, to taste
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish


Freeze the glasses and root beer for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, add 1 cup of the ice cream to each glass. If you are using the vanilla vodka or bourbon, add now. Next, slowly add root beer, pouring at an angle. Finally, top your root beer float with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.