Alcoholic Root Beer Float

by Stacy

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From my health coaching practice and this blog people seem to think that I subsist on kale, chia seeds, and essence of unicorn mixed into my green juice.

And that’s absolutely true.

…Oh wait, no.

As of this writing, the staple of my diet for the last few months has been trail mix. It’s getting better, but just recently. I would love to eat more kale, chia seeds, and green juice.

Unicorn essence isn’t vegetarian.

That said, I really don’t drink soda anymore, and I’ve never been a huge ice cream fan. I won’t turn it down, but it was always more of a vehicle for hot fudge which is apparently not acceptable to eat from a spoon in polite company.

However, I have a slight weakness for root beer floats. How do these two ingredients get exponentially more delicious when combined? It’s probably magic. Do you know what’s even better than magic?

alcoholic root beer float ingredients

Magic + alcohol.

It’s rich, sweet, creamy, and gets you just a little buzzed. I call that a win, and perfect for the Fourth of July.

You should probably taste test one before sharing them with your family and friends, though. It would be a huge sacrifice.

A splash of vanilla vodka and amaretto make these dangerously easy to drink. I’ve also tried non-dairy coconut-based ice cream in them and had no problem.

alcoholic root beer float

I used root beer without high fructose corn syrup and really good ice cream to assuage my hippie soul, but I’m not here to judge. You’ll get enough judgment buying vanilla vodka unless you’re wearing college gear. It’s worth it.

Part of me wants to include some pithy story or a poignant lesson on the non-existence of a “perfect” diet, but… meh.

It’s a holiday! It’s summer! Go, make yourself a delicious dessert cocktail and enjoy it with people you love. Really enjoy it.

(Of course, don’t drink and drive.)

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Alcoholic Root Beer Float
What could possibly improve a root beer float? Booze.
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can or bottle root beer
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
1.) Scoop ice cream into glass. Pour vodka and amaretto on top. Slowly add root beer. Enjoy!

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 float

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence July 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

Haha, I’ll have to admit I was a little surprised to see “alcoholic” by your blog name in my feed list. Pleasantly surprised of course :) A little alcohol every now and then is perfectly good for one’s health. Cheers!


Stacy July 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

To be fair, you’ve probably seen me mostly while I was pregnant and now nursing and off the sauce. The delicious, root beer float-y sauce…


Birch July 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm

How does it work without the rootbeer? Enquiring minds who are not me want to know.
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Stacy July 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

So just the ice cream and liqueurs? That might make a mighty tasty milkshake.


Stacy July 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

An extremely serious scientific study this evening suggests that this recipe sans root beer, plus Kahlua and a splash of milk (dairy or non-dairy of your choice) makes an intoxicating milkshake for those 21 years and older. Because the root beer adds so much more liquid, I would either use less booze or lots of ice cream and split it up.


Sarah, Simply Cooked July 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

You could also use coke. But that wouldn’t be as good, obviously.

Yum, Stacy, sounds great. I eat very little sugar these days so this would be a very special treat. Delicious!
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Stacy July 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Ooh, what about a rum and Coke float? Eeeenteresting…


Jen July 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

Haha, I love this: “Part of me wants to include some pithy story or a poignant lesson on the non-existence of a “perfect” diet, but… meh.”
I can so relate.


Marcella April 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I’m all about kale and chia seeds but a good alcoholic/ice cream/root beer treat is necessary at times. Love the blog!


Ani {@afotogirl} July 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

I love root beer. I don’t drink sugary drinks much anymore but this recipe might get me to treat myself just this once! :)
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