Bourbon Root Beer Floats

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Looking for a new type of cocktail that works as both an enjoyable drink as well as a dessert? Look no further! This Bourbon Root Beer Ice Cream Float is the cocktail you’ve been looking for.

Bourbon Root Beer

How to Make Root Beer Floats with Bourbon

To make this cocktail, you’ll need some vanilla ice cream, a 2 liter of root beer and a bottle of bourbon. To get started, combine the bourbon and root beer and give it a light stir (you don’t want to decarbonate the drink).

Which Root Beer to use?

This is up to your personal preference but if you want the best of the best, we highly recommend using A&W root beer. In my humble opinion, it’s the best one you can get and has the most flavor.

Now you’ll want to carefully add a scoop of ice cream. It will begin to foam up as soon as it’s added to the drink, so be prepared for this by adding a small scoop and ensuring there’s enough room in the glass before you add the ice cream. Now top with whip cream and a cherry (if desired) for the perfect dessert cocktail.

Other Delicious Bourbon Cocktails

Hopefully you’ll find this drink as delicious as I do. It’s a great cocktail with a little bit of a kick that hits nicely as a dessert as well!



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Bourbon Root Beer Ice Cream Floats

Root beer floats were just made, oh, about 50 times better with the addition of bourbon.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Cocktail, drink
Karlynn Johnston


  • 8 ounces root beer
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream


  • In a large glass, combine the root beer and bourbon. 
  • Top with one scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add whipped cream and a cherry, if desired, Stick a straw in it and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 131mg, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 280IU, Calcium: 96mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  2. Ida Pence Waterous says

    Have you had that new ale, Not your Father’s Root Beer? I hear it makes great root beer floats

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