Irish Cream Root Beer Float

by Erin

Root beer floats are okay but have you ever made one with Irish cream, hard root beer, and caramel ice cream? Get on that.

Irish Cream Root Beer Float 2

I’ve been catching up on the Season with Sass podcasts (run by two of my favorites Kita of Pass the Sushi/Girl Carnivore and Peabody of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and if you haven’t tuned in you really should. It’s like hanging out with your favorite bloggers while learning useful blogging tips and tricks at the same time. Heck sometimes shots of fireball are going around so you might want to have some ready for yourself. Listening to their podcasts has definitely given me a list of new things to work on such as an e-mail newsletter (which has actually been on my to-do list since I hung out with them in real life last fall… oops).

Irish Cream Root Beer Float 1

While there has been scads of technical stuff I’ve had to learn/teach myself (or still nee to learn) over the years of blogging, there’s been a lot other learning experiences. One of the less profound is discovering that after years of thinking I hated particular foods, I actually do like them if they are prepared in a certain way. Just look at my “About” page and you will notice that under my DISLIKES list, I have crossed a few out after discovering a way to prepare them that I enjoyed. I now know that meatloaf isn’t a spongy loaf of meat if prepared in mini form, scones do not have to be hard tasteless biscuits, meringues should be chewy on the inside, and I can tolerate mint in more than just breath fresheners – namely mojitos.

Irish Cream Root Beer Float 3

Now it’s time to add another one to the list. Even though I am a root beer-aholic, you would not catch me ever ordering a root beer float because if I am going to drink that delicious nectar of the gods it is going to be in it’s purest form. That was until I decided to add Irish cream and a scoop of caramel ice cream. The idea came from discovering hard root beer and using it to stir up some boozy root beer floats during a DIY pizza party with friends. I was amazed to discover the transformation and turned me into a root beer float believer. Granted, I still prefer a chilled mug filled with pure NA root beer to go with my meal but I now have the occasional craving for a root beer float for dessert. Boozy if you please.

Irish Cream Root Beer Float 4

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Three years ago: Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Gorgonzola & Pecans


Serves 1-2


2 oz. chilled Irish Cream liqueur

8 oz. chilled hard or regular root beer (I used Not Your Father’s Root Beer)

1-2 scoops caramel ice cream (or vanilla)


  1. Into a tall chilled glass or mug, pour the Irish cream followed by the root beer. Stir gently to mix. Top with a scoop or two of ice cream and serve with a thick straw.

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janetfctc May 17, 2015 - 4:51 pm

This is just unusual enough to be extremely intriguing! Time to make a liquor store run!

spiffycookie May 18, 2015 - 9:34 am

Do it! And report back.

Susan May 15, 2015 - 11:34 am

Thanks, Erin. Unfortunately I can’t get it in Texas or North Carolina (where we’re headed tomorrow). However, I’ll keep an eye out for it any time we travel.

Susan May 15, 2015 - 10:14 am

Interesting. When I Googled it, Sprechers was the only one that showed up. I’ll have to look for Not Your Father’s.

spiffycookie May 15, 2015 - 10:21 am

Seems they are not widespread yet. Check here to see if it’s carried in a store near you:

Cali @ Cali's Cuisine May 15, 2015 - 7:24 am

Looks like a great weekend treat!

Susan May 14, 2015 - 10:30 pm

I think the caramel ice cream is definitely called for in this float. I’ve never heard of hard root beer before. Almost seems like an oxymoron? I’m going to google it.

spiffycookie May 15, 2015 - 6:56 am

Yea it struck me as a bit odd when I first saw it. I wasn’t a big fan of the Sprecher hard root beer but the Not Your Father’s hard root beer was surprisingly very good!

Katalina @ Peas and Peonies May 14, 2015 - 3:09 pm

oh HG dulce de leche count me in, I am so having this!

Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg May 14, 2015 - 9:50 am

Sometimes, the easiest recipes are the best. Erin, this root beer float looks insane. I definitely need a few of these. :D


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