It’s the New Year! And what better way to celebrate a hot New Year with a cool root beer float?
Is that an Oktoberfest beer stein filled to the brim with a frothing root beer float? You bet it is. Isn’t that really bad for your health and waistline? You bet it is. Are you going to drink it anyway? You bet I am.
The trick to the perfect float (or spider, if you’re very Australian) is pretty simple. You really only need two things.
- Good quality root beer (aka sarsaparilla)
- Ice Cream (vanilla, caramel or chocolate)
For this example, I am using A&W Root Beer, the ultimate root beer for making floats with. This stuff is, by the way, mostly high fructose corn syrup and little else. It’s really bad for you, but if you’re having root beer floats, you’re not exactly eating healthy anyway, so go nuts! This stuff goes best with chocolate ice cream.
If you’re planning to kick things up a notch for quality, I highly recommend using Bundaberg Sarsparilla, which is a little expensive, but Bundaberg never skimps on ingredients, so the price is well worth it. The only drawback to using it is that it is slightly more acidic, so the ice cream will melt faster.
I am also using Connoisseur’s Chocolate Honey Nougat ice cream, which claims to be expensive gourmet ice cream, but really is only a mid-tier ice cream because they’ve started skimping on ingredients lately (plus it was on sale).
First, you pour the root beer into the mug in as frothless a manner as possible. The root beer should first be refrigerated so as not to melt the ice cream too quickly.
Then, you put the ice cream on top. The root beer should froth like crazy now. The type of ice cream you put in your float depends on what kind of float you want. Cheap ice cream has less fat, which means it dissolves into the root beer quicksmart and leaves you with no ice cream to eat and also no foam. Expensive ice cream is better because it’s fatty, so the soda takes a longer time to dissolve your ice cream, but you also end up with TONS of foam.
So, there you have it. The science of floatation in ice cream floats. Now, I am going to drink this and probably spend hours working off the calories at the gym tomorrow.
But it’s totally worth it.