Your ultimate guide to celebrating National Root Beer Float Day

How to Make a Homemade Root Beer Float

Happy National Root Beer Day, folks! The ice cream float came about by a man named Robert McCay Green from Philadelphia, PA. On a particularly hot day. Mr. Green ran out of ice for the drinks he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a local shop as a replacement, creating the ice cream float we know today.

The root beer variation, also known as a "black cow" or "brown cow", is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer. The most famous root beer brand / restaurant, A&W is celebrating National Root Beer Float Day with free small A&W Root Beer Float anytime between 2 p.m. and store closing.

Incase you don't have an A&W nearby, we've rounded up a few frosty root beer recipes to help you celebrate this perfect summer holiday in the comfort of your home!

Root Beer Float by Billy Parisi

Photo Credit: Billy Parisi


  • 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


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

Don't worry we have a recipe for those of you trying to get boozy too!

Adult Root Beer Float by The Cookie Rookie

Photo Credit: The Cookie Rookie
  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Root Beer
  1. Scoop 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass. Fill halfway up with root beer
  2. Pour 1 shot of vanilla vodka (about 1.5 ounces) and then top with root beer to fill to the top of the glass.
We didn't stop at traditional drinks! Here's how to make Root Beer Float Cookies:

Photo Credit: Oh Bite It
  • Sugar Cookies
  • White Frosting
  • Root Beer Extract
  • Cherries
  1. Add a few drops of Root Beer Extract to the frosting and mix it well.
  2. Pipe some frosting onto each cookie and top it with a cherry.
In case cookies really aren't your thing, you can try these Root Beer Float Cupcakes:
How to Make Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Which ever way you celebrate, definitely let us know in the comments below!

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