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Root Beer Float Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This A&W Root Beer Float Recipe is made with vanilla ice cream, root beer, whipped cream and fresh or maraschino cherries.


  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 8 ounces A&W root beer
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish maraschino or fresh cherries


  1. Use a tall glass, preferably a float glass. Freeze your glasses prior to use for an extra frosty experience, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Add the ice cream to the glass and pour the root beer in slowly at an angle to reduce fizz and risk of overflow.
  3. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.


  • Use cold ingredients: Make sure both the root beer and the ice cream are very cold. This will help keep the soda fizzy and prevent the ice cream from melting too quickly.
  • Choose the right ice cream: Vanilla ice cream is the classic choice for a root beer float, but you can experiment with different flavors to find your favorite combination.
  • Use a tall glass: A tall glass will help keep the soda and ice cream from overflowing. Chill the glass in the freezer beforehand for an extra refreshing treat.
  • Add the soda slowly: Pour the root beer over the ice cream slowly to prevent it from foaming up and overflowing.
  • Use a long spoon or straw: A long spoon or straw will help you reach the bottom of the glass and scoop up all the delicious ice cream and soda.
  • Add toppings: Add a cherry on top or drizzle some chocolate sauce over the ice cream for an extra decadent treat.
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Drink
  • Cuisine: American


  • Sugar: 27g
  • Sodium: 57mg
  • Fat: 4.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg