Root Beer Float (aka Black Cow)

Russ Myers


Root beer floats are scoops of vanilla ice cream floating on a cup of frothy root beer. Frank Wisner invented the root beer float in the late 1800's. It was first known as a black cow.

To make a root beer float, add a scoop (or scoops) of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass of root beer. Don't add the ice cream first and then pour the root beer, because it will end up as a catastrophe.

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5 Min


No-Cook or Other


vanilla ice cream
root beer

Directions Step-By-Step

Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass.

Pour root beer slowly over the ice cream.

Allow the foam to settle before adding more root beer.

Serve with a spoon and straw.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Ice Cream & Ices
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom