For a sweet, refreshing treat straight from the States, nothing beats a good old-fashioned root beer float. But root beer isn’t the only soft drink with dessert potential. Here are some other soda float ideas that will help you beat the heat this summer!
Root Beer Float (a.k.a Black Cow or Brown Cow)
The classic root beer float is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer. The upscale version of it starts with approximately one ounce of chocolate syrup drizzled over several scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Root Beer is added until the glass is full and the resulting foam rises above the top of the glass. The final touch is a topping of whipped cream and usually, a maraschino cherry. Another version uses chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
The Snow White is made with 7 Up or Sprite and vanilla ice cream. The origins of this dessert are unknown, but it is found today in some Asian eateries. If you use Mountain Dew instead, it’s called a Snallygaster.
Coca-Cola brand sodas and soft serve ice cream make a delicious alternative to the classic root beer float.
As exceptional as its name, a purple cow is vanilla ice cream added to purple grape soda.
A Boston cooler is typically composed of ginger ale and vanilla ice cream.
It’s also possible to make a float using any kind of sherbet (lime, orange, raspberry, or rainbow are the most popular) and ginger ale.
Lager beer can be substituted for the soft drink and combined with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a drier drink for the summer months.