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The Ultimate Root Beer Float

Updated on September 15, 2023 | August 3, 2022

A bottle of Casey's Root Beer next to a tub of Casey's Vanilla Ice Cream, with a Root Beer Float in a glass

National Root Beer Float Day is right around the corner on August 6th, which means it's the perfect time to learn how to make the best Root Beer Float!

Read on to brush up on the basics – create a classic root beer float or try one of our special twists on the original. Then order your ingredients online and choose pickup or delivery from Casey's to make life a little easier!


Classic Recipe for the Best Root Beer Float

This fun & sweet summer treat is super quick and easy to make! All you need is a bottle of Root Beer and 2-3 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream.


Step 1:

Find the perfect glass for your Root Beer Float. 

Pro tip: Chill your glass in the freezer for about 20 minutes before completing the following steps for a perfectly chilled drink!

Step 2:

Grab your root beer and ice cream and let the magic begin! Scoop your vanilla ice cream into the glass and firmly press it down. 

Pro tip: Always add your ice cream first! This will help you avoid overflowing and achieve the perfect creamy texture.

A Root Beer Float in a mason jar with a striped straw next to Casey's Vanilla Ice Cream

Step 3:

Gently pour the root beer over your ice cream. After a few minutes or a good stir, the ice cream will start to float, leaving you with the perfect drink. 

Pro tip: If you prefer your Root Beer Float with less foam, slightly tilt your glass while slowly pouring in your root beer. Just like beer, this will prevent a "head" full of bubbles from forming at the top of your glass.

Step 4:

Enjoy your delicious creation! Sip through fun straws or use a spoon. You can also add whipped cream and cherries!


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More Root Beer Float Ideas... with a twist!

Bonus Recipe #1: Boozy Black Cow

Calling all the chocolate lovers… you’ll dig this twist! Follow the directions below to create an alcoholic version of a root beer float. Leave out the Kaluha for a mocktail or kid-friendly beverage!


Casey's Vanilla Ice Cream and brownies next to a boozy black cow drink

Step 1:

Add the Kaluha, root beer, and ice cream all into a cocktail shaker and blend using the milkshake attachment on a hand mixer until smooth.

Step 2:

Pour your milkshake into a glass and top with brownies, cookies, whipped cream, and/or a cherry if you choose!


Bonus Recipe #2: Cookie Dough Float

We're crazy about cookie dough! This twist on the classic is perfect for those with a sweet tooth.


Casey's Happyness by the Pint Dough for It! Ice Cream on a countertop

Step 1:

Follow the instructions for the Classic Recipe, simply substituting Dough for It! Ice Cream instead of Vanilla.

Step 2:

Drizzle with chocolate syrup and garnish with your chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!


Bonus Recipe #3: Cola Float or Orange Cream

Want to mix it up a bit? Replace the root beer with your favorite pop or soda!

An Orange Cream Float on a counter next to Orange Casey's soda and Vanilla Ice Cream

Use classic Coca-Cola or Cherry Cola for a tangy, bubbly experience that will taste amazing! Or, use Orange Soda for a creamsicle taste!

Follow the same directions above for the classic root beer float and just use a different soda flavor.


Not in the mood for a float? Try our favorite Fountain Drink Combinations instead!


Make the perfect float!

Now that you're an expert, order the ingredients from these recipes to get started on the perfect Root Beer Float!

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