Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Black Cow Day!

Today, June 10th, is one of two days of the year dedicated to the root beer float (also known as a black cow, or a brown cow). The other National day for this creamy beverage is on August 6th. Why the root beer float has two national holidays in it's honor I'll never know... perhaps it is because it's just THAT good.

Much like the Ice Cream Sundae the history of the invention and origin of this delicious beverage is under debate. There are several people who claim to be the originator of this tasty treat... but most folks attribute it to Robert Green in 1874 who either created it as a way to keep his soda cold or as a way to create a new dish for his expanding business. Whatever the reason the root beer float caught on.

All you really need to do to make a root beer float is a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a bottle of your favorite root beer... but if you want to get fancy about it then you can go for the works.

Vanilla Ice Cream
Root beer
Chocolate Syrup (the chocolate syrup is optional, but I have never tried it this way so I think I'm going to have to give it a whirl)
Whipped Cream
and some cherries

Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Top with a squirt of syrup and then top with soda. Pour it slowly so that it doesn't over flow. Add a bit of whipped cream and then put the cherry on top. Enjoy.



  1. I love these. Very refreshing and the only way I can really drink root beer. (:

  2. root beer floats are one of my go to summer drinks.

  3. I do not like root beer but I do like milkshakes:)



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