Dirty Root Beer Float

Ice cream, root beer, booze and a maraschino cherry is what makes a bad day turn good!

Dirty Root Beer Float


This dirty root beer float is far too delicious not to slurp down and thoroughly enjoy. It's heavily boozed up, but the sting of the alcohol is tamed down by the addition of ice cream and root beer. It makes the perfect girls night drink provided everyone loves root beer floats at your get together.

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I did get some valuable information from the liquor store clerk the other day though. Dairy and alcohol don't really go well together. My response was they taste like they go pretty well together in white russians. I'm so stubborn and I have a response for anything or anyone that tries to sway recipes that I want to make. Do any of you get all defensive over little things like that?

Dirty Root Beer Float

All I can say is thank goodness not all stiff drinks are served with a scoop of ice cream in them. Tipsy doesn't look good on me and ice cream makes everything amazing especially in drink form.

Dirty rooibos float.

Dirty Root Beer Floats

This Dirty Root Beer float is made with ice cream, root beer, booze and a maraschino cherry!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 2758 kcal


  • 2 tablespoon root beer schnapps
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ¾-1 cup root beer
  • spray whipped cream for garnish
  • 1 stemmed maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Add your root beer schnapps in the cup. I don't have a jigger, so I used my measuring spoons.
  • Add the vanilla ice cream.
  • Pour the cold root beer over top of the ice cream. It will foam like crazy! You might want to do it very slowly so it doesn't spill all over.
  • Give it a stir. Add a straw. Top with a swirl of whipped cream and maraschino cherry. Enjoy!


To make this kid friendly, simply leave out the root beer schnapps.


Calories: 2758kcalCarbohydrates: 184gProtein: 34gFat: 208gSaturated Fat: 130gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 60gCholesterol: 726mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 1632mgFiber: 2gSugar: 141gVitamin A: 6590IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1113mgIron: 1mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

I apologize to anyone who's a bartender. I measured my alcohol with my handy dandy measuring spoons. 🙂


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  2. I can't wait to make this for my sisters when I get home. We love having a good drink around a bonfire and root beer floats were always our last-day-of-school treat! Love it!

  3. I love any kind of cocktail especially one that has ice cream in it. Love root beer so I'm sure I would love it in alcohol form too 🙂

  4. Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and agree with you about the dairy + booze! I could go for a white russian or a mudslide anyday, and your dirty root beer float looks pretty amazing!!

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