Grown-up Root Beer Float (with Schnapps!)

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A couple months ago, I first shared my Root Beer Float Cocktail recipe over on Amanda’s Cookin’ and today I’m excited to share it with you all!

The only thing better than a root beer float? A root beer float cocktail made with butterscotch schnapps! This is my new go-to summer cocktail drink

Root beer floats are one of those classic drinks that are perfect for a cozy night in, and since you’re staying in anyways, why not take them up a notch with an ounce of schnapps! Butterscotch Schnapps is one of my favorites to keep on hand, even to just mix with apple juice for a lazy Caramel Apple Cocktail.

This Root Beer Float Cocktail is a frothy combination of vanilla ice cream and cold root beer that perfectly melt together to create a caramelized vanilla malt with just the slightest bitter bite.

I’ve tried this recipe with different alcohols – vanilla vodka, dark rum, tequila – but I love how the butterscotch schnapps brings out the caramel notes in the root beer and compliments the vanilla ice cream beautifully. My second favorite way was with the extra “kick” the tequila option had.

Grown-up Root beer float made with butterscotch schnapps - perfection.

Root Beer Cocktail Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order the Butterscotch Schnapps needed for this recipe from them.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:

I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.

The only thing better than a root beer float? A root beer float cocktail made with butterscotch schnapps! This is my new go-to summer cocktail drink

How to Make a Root Beer Float Cocktail

Pour half of the root beer into the mug then add vanilla ice cream. Pour the butterscotch schnapps over the top of the ice cream then top with remaining root beer. Adding root beer at the end will help create foam.

Top with cherries and serve with a fun, colorful straw.

One 12-ounce can of root beer makes 2 perfect root beer float cocktails.

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Grab your free printable for my root beer float cocktail recipe here:

Yield: 1 cocktail

Grown-up Root Beer Float (with Schnapps!)

Grown-up Root Beer Float (with Schnapps!)

The only thing better than a root beer float? A root beer float cocktail made with butterscotch schnapps! This is my new go-to summer cocktail drink

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup root beer, separated
  • 2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 generous scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Maraschino cherries, optional

Instructions

  1. Pour half of the root beer into the mug then add vanilla ice cream. Pour the butterscotch schnapps over the top of the ice cream then top with remaining root beer. Adding root beer at the end will help create foam.
  2. Top with cherries and serve with a fun, colorful straw.
  3. One 12-ounce can of root beer makes 2 perfect root beer float cocktails.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 53gProtein: 2g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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This grown-up root beer float is the perfect cold drink on a hot summer day.

For more delicious root beer-inspired treats, check out our homemade root beer ice cream and root beer float cupcakes.

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6 Comments

  1. OMG. This post has completely taken me to my happy place. It’s the perfect mix of nostalgia and childhood with the joys of adulthood (booze, obviously!)! Cannot wait to make these!!

    1. Aw, this was a really nice post. In thought I want to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and precise effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I proitasrcnate alot and on no account seem to get one thing done.

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