The Southern Hospitality Ice Cream Float is Unadulterated Fun

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One of the easiest cool treats you can concoct for a summertime heat fix is a float, but they’re not just relegated to the kind we make for children. Adults can most definitely enjoy them, and here in Texas, one can’t get much better than the Southern Hospitality Ice Cream Float. This thing has all the ingredients for fun… in an appropriate way of course!

This recipe was created by A Nerd Cooks, and posted to their website in 2016 (which is a wonder we haven’t come across it sooner!). This adult spin on what would normally be a kids’ classic root beer float has an added southern twist with the use of butter pecan ice cream… and maybe just a little bit of kick to the root beer, plus some bourbon! Put it all together on a hot night after a satisfying dinner with family and friends, and you’ve got a drink that people will be talking about for some time to come! The kids can share in the non-alcoholic version, if they’re cool with that type of ice cream as opposed to plain old vanilla, and the adults can get giddy on their version in no time flat. Who says all the float fun needs to be had by those 10 and under?!

Southern Hospitality Ice Cream Float

The Southern Hospitality Ice Cream Float is Unadulterated Fun


Key ingredients for this recipe include:

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Hard Alcoholic Root Beer



For all the recipe measurements and serving sizes, visit A Nerd Cooks at the link available here. Not only that, but this recipe is hitting us at almost the exact anniversary (August 19) that the original root beer float was created in 1893! According to an article in “Boy’s Life” (the American Boy Scouts publication,) “You can thank Frank J. Wisner, owner of Colorado’s Cripple Creek Brewing, who created the first root beer float on Aug. 19, 1893. The once-in-a-lifetime idea was born when Wisner noticed that the snowy peaks on Colorado’s Cow Mountain looked like ice cream floating in soda.”