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"Classic" Black Cow Rootbeer Float

The ice cream soda was invented by Robert M. Green in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, way back in 1874. During Philadelphia's sesquicentennial celebration, Green ran out of ice to chill his flavored sodas, so he borrowed some vanilla ice cream from a neighboring vendor. The treat was a hit, and soda fountains soon began offering their own ice cream sodas.

Then in 1893 inspiration struck again, this time for gold miner Frank J. Wisner. Somehow, while gazing into the distance, as the moonlight glistening off the snow-capped Cow Mountain of Cripple Creek, it made him think of vanilla ice cream. He thought to himself, kids love ice cream and rootbeer. Why not combine the two? He did. And on August 19, 1893, a happy kid tasted his first Black Cow Mountain Rootbeer Float.

Ingredients
1-2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
4 oz of Rootbeer

Directions
Frost mug (directs provided below). Scoop ice cream. Place mug/dish on small plate to catch the overflowing froth. (If this rootbeer float is for you, get ready to slurp most of it - it's too delicious to waste!) Pour rootbeer over ice cream. Serve with straw or spoon. Enjoy!


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Helpful Tips
Here are a few tips to enhance the yumminess of your rootbeer float:

  • Try a Frosted Mug: A frosted mug, or frosted glass tulip sundae dish, make rootbeer floats better... they just do! To make a frosted mug/dish run it under cold water, place it in your freezer, and wait for 20-30 minutes. Remember not to leave your mug in the freezer too long - it may crack.
  • Quality Rootbeer: Not all rootbeers are created equal. Some are super creamy, while others taste mediciny. Some are made with high frutose corn syrup, while others are enhanced with the goodness of cane sugar. A&W and Barq's are a few of the best national brands. If you would like to taste the difference a really great rootbeer can make, check out our list of gourmet rootbeer brands.
  • Quality Ice Cream: Quality ice cream holds up to the rootbeer better than less expensive over-aerated ice creams - and it's more delicious!
  • Use Skim Milk for Lactose Intolerant: Nobody should miss the opportunity to enjoy a creamy, dreamy rootbeer float. For those friends that are lactose intolerant, find a quality ice cream made with skim milk.


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