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August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!

What's better than vanilla ice cream? A bottle of cool refreshing root beer poured over
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Refreshing Root Beer Float with Vanilla Ice Cream

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — How To Make The Perfect Root Beer Float At Home

No matter what kind of root beer or ice cream you choose, follow these steps to root beer bliss!

  • Grab your favorite glass mug (preferably fresh from the freezer). Drop one scoop of vanilla ice cream into the bottom of the glass.
  • Pour Virgil’s root beer (or other handcrafted soda) over the scoop until it fills up about halfway
  • Drop another scoop of vanilla ice cream into the mix
  • Fill to the top of the glass with Virgil’s!
  • Grab spoon and Enjoy!

And if you want to make your own ice cream at home here's how:

Make You Own Homemade Ice Cream 

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract pure vanilla extract when possible
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 2 resealable bags gallon size works well
  • 3-4 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup rock salt  * you can substitute any salt you have on hand


  • Add ice cream ingredients to a resealable bag. Squeeze out any air and seal. Shake to dissolve sugar.

  • Place the bag with ice cream ingredients inside another resealable bag.

  • Fill second bag with ice. Sprinkle with rock salt and seal.

  • Shake the bag vigorously until the ice cream hardens, about 10-15 minutes.

  • Once the ice cream is hard, remove the inner bag and dry if off. Serve and Enjoy

  • For a harder ice cream place the ice cream bag in the freezer for 2 hours

This recipe was shared by Colleen Moriarty with Adventure Moms DC. For more information about her root beer float visit her at AdventureMomsDC.com.

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