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Whiskey Rootbeer Floats

A while back, Roy brought home this fancy bottle of Japanese whiskey and announced he was saving it for a special occasion. Last week after we had learned we’d been accepted to graduate school, I was lying in bed when I heard Roy rummaging around in the kitchen. I found him leaning against the counter, enjoying a glass of said whiskey.

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We aren’t very big drinkers. Actually, let me rephrase that, the last time either of us had hard liquor was over the holidays. So what the heck was I supposed to do with a bottle of whiskey?! Especially right after that extra buttermilk stint, I feel like I’m forever trying to get rid of something in the kitchen. I came up with all kinds of ideas: whiskey cake, whiskey cupcakes, whiskey brownies, whiskey caramels. All which Roy turned his nose up at because he officially has the pickiest sweet tooth ever. Eventually, we came to a compromise on Whiskey Rootbeer Floats.

They’re kind of ironic. I don’t think I’ve had a rootbeer float since I was in elementary school! Fifteen years later, and my next go at them is with a shot of whiskey. Ha!


Well, today was my first time traveling alone. Technically I’m not “alone”, but Roy spent the entire day at his conference and that left me to explore the city on my own. I read an article last night on Buzzfeed about the Cruffin Caper and figured I might as well get my hands on the infamous cruffin while I’m here. I’ll be sharing a few photos from our adventures on my next post, and hopefully a cruffin recipe soon when I get back home (it’s just croissant dough baked in a muffin tin, right?) πŸ™‚ wishing you guys a happy start to the month of March!


Whiskey Rootbeer Floats

Recipe makes 2 floats

1 bottle of rootbeer, chilled
2 shots whiskey of choice
2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream

1. Split the bottle of rootbeer evenly into your desired serving cups.
2. Measure out two individual shots of whiskey. Once the foam has settled, mix in the whiskey with a spoon or stirring stick.
3. Drop in the vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!


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  • These look and sound awesome I love root beer never had it with whiskey in a float but Im definitely up for trying it out.

    • Hi Rebecca! First of all, if you’ve never had a rootbeer float–you need to try one ASAP! Second, adding whiskey would make it even yummers πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh, this looks amazing. Love your blog! πŸ™‚

  • This sounds kind of amazing! I’ll definitely need to try this soon. I’ve got lot of whiskey, just need to get some root beer πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Maya! Adult Rootbeer Floats are definitely a great way to use up some of that whiskey!

  • I’ve actually never tried rootbeer before – here in Australia it’s definitely hard to come by. I need to get my hands on some though so I can make these floats.. I love my whiskey so the recipe is ideal! Gorgeous photos too!

    • Thalia, you’re the 2nd person who’s mentioned that! It’s so crazy to hear, rootbeer is basically available everywhere in the US. If you can find some, rootbeer floats are definitely worth a try! They’re a childhood favorite here πŸ™‚

  • These floats look delicious and that first shot is so gorgeous!

  • This sounds like such an interesting combination with the root beer! I’ve seen so many great ice cream + alcohol floats recently. Definitely going to have to try this out!

    • Thanks, Karishma! The recipe is super quick and easy, you should definitely give it a try!

  • This looks delicious and beautiful!

  • What an awesome idea!!! I just listened to you on The Dinner Special podcast – we are very similar in our relationship with food. I also started cooking and getting into food around my senior year of college. I love your blog! Good luck in art school; can’t wait to see what comes next for you. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sara! Thanks for all the kind words! I’m so happy to hear from someone that can relate to where I’m coming from with cooking πŸ™‚

  • Monse Valera

    I just had these instead of a birthday cake… why? why i haven’t discovered these before!? πŸ˜‰

    • So glad to hear that!!! I hope you had the happiest of celebrations πŸ™‚