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Root Beer Float

Everyone loves a good A&W® Root Beer Float - a classic and fun drink recipe made with bubbly root beer, creamy vanilla ice cream, and a few other ingredients that takes it over the top! Here's how to make the absolute BEST one!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 366kcal



  • Use a tall glass, preferably a float glass or a beer stein. Freeze your glasses prior to use for an extra frosty experience.
  • Add the ice cream to the glass and pour the root beer in slowly at an angle to reduce fizz and risk of overflow.
  • Top with whipped cream and a cherry.


Other Recipe Variations:
  • “The Chocoholic,” which starts with a chocolate syrup-rimmed glass that’s rolled in sprinkles, and swaps vanilla ice cream for — you guessed it — chocolate! Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup if you’re really committed to your addiction!
  • “The Very Vanilla” highlights the bean’s mellow flavor with a teaspoon of vanilla extract mixed in with the root beer.
  • “The Slushie.” Simply combine vanilla ice cream, root beer, and ice in a blender, and blend until icy – whipped cream and cherries optional!


Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 262mg | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Calcium: 180mg