Today is the official day of the root beer float, the soda fountain classic that, according to some sources, has pleased thirsty folks since the late 1800s.

A root beer float seems tocontain more than just vanilla ice cream and root beer soda. Known as abrown cow in some areas, many people find memories from their childhood broughtout by the creamy vanilla and spicy root beer. This frosty drink alsoencapsulates a different era, when the soda fountain and (sometimes adjoining)five and dime were the stomping grounds for young people. Sodas were really made by hand, and all of theingredients were fresh.

Nowadays, the best placeto find any ice cream float is in your own kitchen or a fast food restaurant.A&W is famous for their root beer floats, and my friends and I used to rundown to McDonald’s once in a blue moon to order a small vanilla shake (in amedium cup to make room for the soda) and a small soda. We’d get somefunny looks, but the sweet ice cream and bite from the soda was totally worthit.

But today I’m lifting aglass to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day. Below you’ll find the basicrecipe for a root beer float along with some other soda fountain favorites. Doyou see any missing treats? Are there other ice cream float variations that youenjoy?

Root Beer Float

Medium glass

Vanilla ice cream

Root beer soda

Place one large scoop ofice cream in your glass. Fill slowly with root beer. Stir gently with a strawand drink immediately.

For a simple adultversion, add an ounce of vodka before pouring in the root beer to the above recipe, or check out Three OlivesVodka for recipes using their Root Beer Vodka.