Modern Root Beer Float

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Modern Root Beer Float

These two recipes combine two different textures for extra appeal. If you love an old-fashioned root beer float, you will adore this updated version made by layering icy root beer granita with scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream. Choose the best-quality root beer you can find, rather than the standard commercial brand. You won’t regret it.


Modern Root Beer Float




  • 3 bottles (each 12 fl. oz./375 ml) good-quality root beer
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) sugar
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream




1. In a saucepan, stir together the root beer and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a shallow metal baking pan and let cool completely.


2. Place the pan in the freezer and freeze. After the first hour, whisk the mixture every 30 minutes, until semifirm, about 3 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and return to the freezer without stirring until frozen solid, at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.


3. At least 1 hour before serving, place 4 glasses in the freezer. To serve, using a fork, scrape the surface of the granita into fine ice crystals. Scoop the granita into the frozen glasses, dividing it evenly. Top each serving with a scoop of ice cream and serve immediately. Serves 4.



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One comment about “Modern Root Beer Float

  1. Lisa

    Great idea! I have some root beer that I have been planning to use for a float. I may try this for something new.


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