Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hard Root Beer Floats

You got me.

You figured out the real reason I wanted to post my 5-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream on Tuesday. I wanted to post it so I could gift you all with this recipe for root beer floats. Mwhahahaha.

Ah, root beer. I can honestly say that I had not had a root beer in many, many moons. I can't remember the last time I had root beer. I usually choose cream soda, but I digress. The hubby and I were at his cousin's baby reveal party back in September. The party was winding down, and there were just a handful of us relatives sitting around the pool at the cousin's mother-in-law's house. I don't know how the subject came up, but we started talking about root beer. To be more specific, we started talking about hard root beer. I'd never even heard of hard root beer, let alone tried one. I do remember thinking it was an excellent idea though... As luck would have it, the cousin's brother-in-law had brought a 6-pack of hard root beer that he was willing to share. Needless to say, I tried the frothy beverage.

If you haven't tried it, you should. Dad, I'm talking to you. It tastes exactly like root beer. You can't even taste the alcohol. I was in heaven, I'd found a new novelty. As we all sat around, exclaiming over this new treat to enter our lives, someone suggested pairing the hard root beer with ice cream for a root beer float.




The pleasure center in my brain began a-buzzing with that suggestion. Hard root beer. Homemade vanilla ice cream. At that moment, nothing else in the world sounded better. It was going to happen.

I used Not Your Father's Hard Root Beer, mainly because I wanted to try it. I'd previously tried the Coney Island version. Between the two, I'll probably always go with the Coney Island from now on as the Coney Island version is a little less sweet.

This is hardly a recipe. Scoop some vanilla ice cream into a tall cup. Fill cup to the top with hard root beer. Top with a cherry, and devour.

After I'd taken photos of the floats, I sat at our kitchen counter and slurped the whole thing up. Actually, I ate all the root-beer coated ice cream, and then added some more ice cream. The hubby asked if I would like some root beer with my ice cream. Haha.

Fun straws for fun floats :-)

Use Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream for best results.

And top with a maraschino cherry. For the young at heart.

It appears we have a holiday coming up soon, hmmm? One of my favorite holidays too. The hubby and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year, for the first time ever! I'm excited. The family divided up food items pretty evenly, so I'm not even in charge of that much. The hubby and I are responsible for the turkey, the stuffing, and the pecan pie. The hubby is taking care of the turkey and the stuffing will probably be Stove Top, simply because there's only 2 people that will even touch stuffing (me and my MIL). Really, all I have to worry about is the pie. If you remember from last year, I had some difficulties with pie crust. I meant to perfect my pie crust during the year, but that kind of fell by the wayside. Sooooo...

I'm making pecan pie today! I needed a test run. I've made pecan pie before using store-bought crust, and it's turned out fine. It's just that crust I need to conquer today. Crossing my fingers!

Wish me luck friends! Happy Thursday!

Ingredients (serves 2):

8 oz 5-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream
1- 12 oz bottle of hard root beer (I used Not Your Dad's Root Beer, but Coney Island's hard root beer is pretty darn good too!)
garnish- maraschino cherries (optional)


1.  Divide ice cream between 2 large mugs. Divide the bottle of hard root beer between the two mugs. Garnish with maraschino cherries, if using. Serve immediately.

Printable Recipe

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  1. Oh my gosh, you've got me wanting to try this Hard Root Beer. I'm going to lunch today and they do have it on their menu. I also googled and it is for sale in several stores near me so I'm definitely going to try it. If not today, then I'll buy my own 6 pk. :-)

    I love root beer and remember going to the A&W Root Beer stands when I was a little kid and we got these little mugs of root beer.

    Thanks for the tip off about this root beer.


    1. It is best ice cold in an ice cold mug

    2. Oh definitely! Love me an ice cold mug! :-)

    3. I hope you like the root beer FlowerLady! Something tells me if you love root beer, you'll love hard root beer :-)

      I used to love A & W as a kid. The closest one to us was in a neighboring town, so it was truly a treat for us. I can still remember how excited me and my brother would get if we happened to be passing the restaurant.

  2. I tried the It's Not Your Father's Root Beer and it is the new drink of choice, When I was at the check out the clerk wanted to know if I had tried it and I said no and the guy in front of me wanted to try so I gave him a bottle and the clerk and only came home with 4 bottles...I went back the next day and bought Coney Island. I think I like the Coney better too. The minute I tried it I immediately thought of Root Beer Floats aka Beer Float. Haven't yet done that but it is on my list.

    1. Yes, ever since I tried the root beer, floats were on my mind. Great minds must think alike, right Jan? :-)

      Have a great weekend!

  3. I have never heard of 'hard' rootbeer, but boy add in a little ice cream and it does sound like a little bit of heaven. Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    1. I'd never heard of it before September, but boy, I'm glad I know about it now! I;m just trying to spread the word! Haha :)


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