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Amazing Vodka Root Beer Float

    These Vodka Root Beer floats aren’t for the kids! They are spiked with a shot of Vodka to make your day drinking that much more fun! This old fashioned root beer float is something you can serve to the adults, right alongside the kids’ regular root beer floats. Cheers!

    Vodka Root Beer Float

    Have you been sitting there thinking about a root beer float? And then you realized that you’re an adult and you can change up that root beer float. Introducing the Hard Root Beer Float.

    Every parent has hard their fair share of root beer floats regular style. When you’re an adult, you get to change things up and that’s when the adult root beer float was born.

    Alcoholic Root Beer Float

    This alcoholic root beer float is creamy and delicious! My favorite part of this drink is that it’s like an alcoholic drink and dessert in one. I especially like enjoying this drink in the summertime, but it’s great at any time of the year. 

    Some of my most serious ice cream cravings have come about when it’s freezing outside. Just remember you are an adult and you can enjoy one of these adult root beer floats at any point in your week.

    A close up of the finished hard root beer float in a mug with a straw, ready to be enjoyed.

    Variations of the Adult Root Beet Float

    Of course, the Adult Root Beer Float is amazing, but did you know there are other variations you can use.

    • Root Beer can be replaced by using a Hard Root Beer
    • Replace Vanilla Vodka with plain vodka or even Root Beer Schnapps.
    • Top and sprinkle with sweets of your choice.

    Don’t all of these variations sound amazing? If you have a craving for something like this, then go for it. It’s so easy to make and so easy to switch up!

    Vodka and Ice Cream

    If you always wanted to enjoy vodka and ice cream at the same time, this float is for you. You can just buy the ingredients and then enjoy a Vodka Root Beer Float right in your own living room while watching your favorite shows!

    It’s also great to have friends over for a little Vodka and ice cream and no one will be complaining because it’s so yummy! You may have had Vodka before, but if you’ve never had Vanilla Vodka in a root beer float, you are totally missing out!

    Here we see three finished hard root beer floats finished and ready to be shared.

    What Kind of Root Beer Can I Use?

    If you are going to make this Alcoholic root beer float, you might be wondering what kind of root beer you can use. If you are going to use a non-alcoholic root beer, I prefer to use IBC root beer. It has a nice flavor to it and will make your root beer float taste amazing.

    How Do You Eat a Root Beer Float?

    Since this is an adult beverage and a dessert all in one, how does one enjoy this adult drink? Some of you may choose to drink it through a straw and others may choose to use a spoon.

    As being the one that tested this recipe, I can tell you that it goes down smoothly and you will not be disappointed.

    A finished look at the old fashioned root beer float with vodka and ice cream.

    Is Vodka Good with Root Beer?

    Some genius people came up with the term “voot beer”, which is vodka and root beer together. So they are a good team, given that plain vodka does not have an own taste, and adds a little boozy boost to every drink.

    After you add the ice cream, it’s guaranteed to taste delicious. Some might even add a tad bit of whipped topping to make the recipe even sweeter.

    A horizontal view of the completed vodka and ice cream root beer floats with the ingredients in the background to make more!

    What Mixes Well With Root Beer?

    If you’re going to have an adult beverage, you might be wondering what tastes good with root beer. Clearly vodka and ice cream taste delicious. Some people also add gin or rum. Give each one a try and decide which one you like best.

    Try out the plain versions of every hard liquor to use first. Pick a quality brand when you shop for it. They make a huge difference in taste!

    Love the flavor or Root Beer? Here’s a few savory ways to use it-

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    Amazing Vodka Root Beer Float

    These Vodka Root Beer floats aren't for the kids! They are spiked with a shot of Vodka to make your day drinking that much more fun! Cheers!
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine American
    Servings 1 mug
    Calories 444 kcal


    • 8 floz Root Beer
    • floz Vanilla Vodka or plain
    • ¼ pint Vanilla Ice Cream
    • Cherries to garnish


    • Place mugs or glasses in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
    • Take the mugs out of the freezer. Add 2-3 scoops of ice cream to each mug.
      ¼ pint Vanilla Ice Cream
    • Pour roughly 1.5 ounces (1 shot) of vodka to each mug.
      1¼ floz Vanilla Vodka
    • Top off with root beer to fill the mugs. Fill it in at an angle.
      8 floz Root Beer
    • Decorate with whipped cream (if desired) and a cherry on top.. Serve immediately with a spoon and a straw.
      Cherries to garnish


    Root Beer can be replaced by using a Hard Root Beer
    OR Replace Vanilla Vodka with Root Beer Schnapps


    Serving: 1mug | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 0.2mg

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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    Author: Susan Queck
    These Root Beer floats aren't for the kids! They are spiked with a shot of Vodka to make your day drinking that much more fun! Cheers!

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    Susan Queck

    Susan Queck

    I'm Suzy, the baker and dessert maker behind this blog. Baking is my lifelong passion, where I find the magic in transforming basic ingredients into delectable works of art. Join me in my sweet journey of culinary exploration and celebration! More about me.

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