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Root Beer Heaven

When I lived in Spain for two years, one of the things I missed most was root beer. This is quite odd because I'm not a huge root beer drinker, although I have been known to have one every few months with a hot dog or in the form of a root beer float. Anyways, when my dad became friends with a young American who worked on a US army base in Spain, he offered to buy me some root beer from the base so I could enjoy a taste of home. That night I had the best root beer float ever. The simple combination of vanilla ice cream with the sweet almost syrupy fizzy soda (I call it soda) is to die for. Throw in a few bananas and a tiny bit of bourbon and you'll have one floating sundae. Dying to dive into a root beer float? Get the recipe and

Root Beer Float Sundae
From Emeril Lagasse

1 banana, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 to 3 tablespoons hot fudge or chocolate sauce
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 (12-ounce) can root beer
Whipped cream, for garnish
Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
Chocolate shavings, for garnish

  1. In a large glass, arrange banana halves on each side.
  2. Add ice cream, hot fudge, bourbon, and root beer to fill.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream, confectioners' sugar, and chocolate shavings on top. Serve immediately.

Serves 1.

celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
now i want a root beer float!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
we used to have an A&W store here; it closed. :( I will only drink rootbeer if it has icecream in it!!!
wynter wynter 10 years
Sounds yummy. I prefer cream soda to root beer. :)
Food Food 10 years
I used to live near a grocery store that got milk from a nearby dairy. They had root beer milk, it was so amazing - it tasted like a root beer float after it melted a tiny bit.
divinedebris divinedebris 10 years
oh, someone mentioned the A&W root beer floats. I moved from Utah to North Carolina and we don't have a A&W out here, but i did back home. now i crave one. darn it! must have one. blah!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Looks good. Never heard of adding bananas though. Ill save those for the banana split.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Including a banana in this really grosses me out, but there's just nothing like the taste of root beer. I'd miss it too!
andaman andaman 10 years
i hate it, sorry but i really hate the combinations. I like root beer on its own.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
ever since the A&W restaurant chain closed down here, i dont get fantastic rootbeer floats anymore! its just not the same without the huge mug! :(
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Root Beer floats from A&W are the bomb. We actually had an A&W restaurant in my small little town that had a huge drive in. They always brought out the floats to the car in these enormous mugs that everyone stole. We even had some before my prom in our dresses and everything! Although, I will say that they are not good hangover food AT ALL.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I dont drink soda anymore but when I have one occasionally I always crave root beer. Its delish! The best is when you go to certain places and they pour the root beer into a frosted mug :drool:
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
But even if I did drink pop I hate root beer
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
I don't drink pop :(
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
Thank you for saying soda, and these look amazing.
Almost-Unreal Almost-Unreal 10 years
oooooo...this looks so good
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
Im not a fan of rootbeer at all but i do love something very similar...but instead of the rootbeer I use Cactus Cooler and Vanilla soda! "Its perfectly normal to have girl crushes" Gotta love Old School Brit!
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