Drink of the Month, August 2012: Root Beer Floats

When was the last time you enjoyed a yummy root beer float? For me, it had been quite a while, so I was so happy to learn that August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day. So were the kids – what a perfect treat on a hot summer day!

These are so easy to make – vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and root beer are all you really need (of course you can add caramel syrup, whipped cream and a cherry if you want.) Or, you can also make an adult version, like I did.  Smiles all around!

Ingredients for the Kid’s Root Beer Float

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cherry (optional)

Preparation

Place 2 to 3 scoops of ice cream in a tall glass.

Squeeze the syrup(s) on top of the ice cream to taste.

Fill the glass with root beer.

Top with whipped cream and a cherry if desired.

Add a straw and enjoy – Lexi was too busy loving her float to smile for the camera!

Ingredients for the Adult Version

Preparation

Place 2 to 3 scoops of ice cream in a tall glass. Add the vodka and the Chambord. Squeeze the chocolate syrup on top to taste. Fill the glass with root beer.

Top with whipped cream and a cherry if desired.

The raspberry flavor of the vodka and Chambord add a wonderful twist to this classic float. Or, if you’re not a big fan of raspberries, omit the Chambord and replace the chocolate-raspberry vodka with vanilla vodka instead. Both are awesome!

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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