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National Root Beer Float Day – Get the Root Beer, Icy Mugs and Ice Cream Ready

I am a root beer fanatic!  I always have been.  When I was pregnant with Ethan that was one of my biggest cravings, root beer!  As luck would have it, that is one of Ethan’s favorite things to drink.  So today is the perfect day for us, and we will probably celebrate by having a root beer float. So I encourage you to celebrate with us.

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So where did the root beer float get its start.  Well apparently on a hot day in August 1893 a guy by the name of Frank J. Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Brewing Company in Cripple Creek, Colorado, was enjoying his root beer.  While staring at the snow-capped Cow Mountain he decided to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the root beer and voila! root beer float.  He called it a “Black Cow,” in honor of its inspiration, Cow Mountain.

So now you know the beginnings where do you get your Root Beer floats.

For me personally I like to make my own at home.

I have tried the different root beers, including A&W Root Beer, Mug Root Beer, IBC Root Beer, but what I have found was the Abita Root Beer has made my favorite root beer float.  I think this may come from the fact that I brought a 6-pack of the stuff back from the brewery in Abita Springs, LA which is across the lake from New Orleans.  Now since I bought the root beer in Louisiana, I have found after searching that I cannot find the root beer anywhere near Amarillo.  So I yearn for it thus, making it the best root beer for a float.

I prefer to use Blue Bell vanilla for my homemade root beer floats.

So how do you make a root beer float?



Can or bottle of root beer

Vanilla Ice cream – your favorite brand will work

Icy mug or glass



Rinse off your mug ahead of time and put it in the freezer, this will give it that iced over coldness.

Once your mug is icy then pour your root beer in the glass then add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You can start with the ice cream but what I’ve found is you get more ice cream that root beer.

Insert straw.



If you don’t want to go through all the trouble to make your own root beer float, you can always go buy one.

For me personally, Sonic makes a great root beer float followed by Braum’s.  I will admit that back in college (some years ago) I used to get a awesome root beer float at the soda shop on the square.


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