Easy Creamy Root Beer Cocktail

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If you love a good root beer float, then you will love this easy to make creamy Root Beer Cocktail. This is a great summer outdoor movie night drink with just three simple ingredients.

root beer cocktail

When I was a kid, one of my favorite drinks was a root beer float. It was not something we were allowed to have very often, but when we did it was a delightful treat.

As an adult I still enjoy a sweet bubbly root beer float, especially during the summer when it’s hot. But when you want something with a little kick, this creamy root beer cocktail really hits the spot. This sweet, creamy concoction is the perfect blend of nostalgia and indulgence. Make it for a crowd at your next outdoor movie night or enjoy with your hubby on the couch.

Ingredients you need to make this Root Beer Cocktail:

  • Root Beer. Pick your favorite one.
  • Whipped Cream Vodka. I like Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka. Pinnacle also makes a nice Whipped Cream Vodka.
  • Ice. Pebbled, Cubed or crushed. All will work.

Which root beer is best?

I personally have a sweet spot for A&W Root Beer. It’s iconic frosty mugs and nostalgic orange and brown logo won me over as a kid, and to this day I still think it tastes the best. Not too sweet, and not too spicy with a hint of vanilla.

Some other great options are Mug Root Beer, Dad’s Root Beer and IBC Root Beer…or whatever you can find at your local grocery store.

root beer cocktail

Fun Root Beer Facts:

Sassafras & Sarsaparilla – these are the secret ingredients that make up root beer.

Hires – This is officially the oldest root beer, introduced in 1875.

A&W Root Beer – This is the most popular root beer.

Brown Cow – A nickname sometimes used for a root beer float. Black Cow is also a nickname.

August 6th – is national root beer float day.

What Movie Night snacks go with this Cocktail?

If you are like me and like to pair salty with your sweet, then one of the best snacks to go with this cocktail is buttered popcorn. Crunchy, salty, delicious. Oddly enough a big bowl of Nacho Cheese Doritos works really well too.

Or if you like the sweeter side…Hot Tamales are a great choice as the spicy cinnamon pairs perfectly with the vanilla flavors. A sweet popcorn like Kettle Corn or Caramel corn are also a great pairing. And if you like peanut butter try my Reese’s Pieces Halloween Caramel Popcorn for a scary movie night snack.

What’s your favorite movie night snack? Leave a comment and let me know!

Can I substitute the Whipped Cream Vodka?

I do feel like the Whipped Cream Vodka really gives this drink that creamy float flavor we are after. It has a slightly buttery mouth feel. However, a plain vanilla vodka will work too, it just won’t be as creamy.

If you are really in a pinch use plain vodka and add just a dash of vanilla extract. Literally just a dash. Too much and it will be vanilla overkill.

Can I make this with other soda’s?

You sure could. If you don’t like root beer, or your dog drank the last can other soda’s that will pair great with Whipped Cream Vodka are:

  • Coka Cola
  • Orange Soda
  • Sprite or Seven-Up
  • Grape Soda
  • Cactus Cooler
root beer cocktail ingredients

How to make a Root Beer Float Cocktail:

Now the easy part.

  1. Get out your favorite rocks glass or mason jar.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. With a measuring jigger pour in the Whipped Cream Vodka
  4. Fill to the top with Root Beer.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite movie.
root beer cocktail

Check out some other fun libations:

Blue Lagoon Cocktail
Spiced Pomegranate Rum Sour
Bourbon Cranberry Cinnamon Cocktail
creamy root beer cocktail

Easy Creamy Root Beer Cocktail

Discover the ultimate indulgence with this delicious creamy root beer cocktail. Perfect for outdoor movie nights or a relaxing evening at home.
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Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:0 minutes
Total Time:2 minutes


  • 2 oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 4-6 oz. Root Beer
  • 1 cup Ice


  • Get out your favorite rocks glass or mason jar and fill it with ice.
  • Pour in the Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Fill to the top with Root Beer.
  • Enjoy with your favorite movie.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: adult root beer float, movie night cocktail
Servings: 1

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