Vodka Root Beer Floats with Coconut Ice Cream

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Two glasses of our Vodka Root Beer Floats recipe

{In a deep, sexy baritone}

Hey, you.

Yeah, you.

Why don’t you come over here and enjoy a vodka root beer float with me? Sit down, get to know me, ya know?

I know, you’re asking, “why the introduction?” And probably “how do you have such a sexy voice?”

To answer the latter first, born with it.

Responding to the former, well, my name is John. And John doesn’t usually write the minimalist baker posts. In fact, this is my first one.

Usually you get to experience the literary expertise of Dana.

Perhaps regretfully, today’s post will force-feed you my tone of voice. Or you can just skip to the bottom to read the recipe. That’s what I’d do.

Pouring vodka into a glass to make Vodka Root Beer Floats

We like dessert, but we try not to overindulge. What’s that mean? It means when we do dessert, we do it right.

We rarely drink soda, we stopped eating ice cream often, and it’s a special treat to make a cocktail. Solution? MIX ALL OF THEM.

Introducing: Vodka Root Beer Floats!

Since we didn’t want to produce something disgusting, we knew testing would be required.

And test we did. After hours of painstaking labor, we found a flavor combination that was pleasing for any palette.

Translation: We mixed liquor with root beer! Hooray for testing!

Bottle of liquor mixed in glasses with root beer for creating the best Root Beer Cocktail

Our conclusive results returned the following:

1) Kahlua – Good, sweet, but fearful it would over power the ice cream flavor.

2) Spiced rum – Extremely good as just a sitting drink, but again, would distract from the sweetness of the ice cream.

3) White rum – Bad idea. Flat out, bad idea.

4) Vodka – BINGO! A subtle, tasty liquor that waltzed with the root beer on my tongue.

Tall glasses of our Vodka Coconut Ice Cream Root Beer Floats for an incredible vegan dessert

Next, we had to locate our ice cream.

Thankfully, earlier this week we made dairy-free cinnamon toast ice cream. Haven’t made it yet? It’s worth it. Get the ingredients, find a friend, and make an afternoon out of it.

Cans of natural root beer and glasses of our delicious Vodka Root Beer Floats recipe

These were good. Although they were root beer floats, they were also a cocktail.

Dana delights in anything sweet. She devoured this. The spoon didn’t leave her hand until it finished scraping the bottom of the glass.

I, on the other hand, had the determination to consume the entire drink through my straw. I do the same thing with strawberry milkshakes. The only reward I find is a sore mouth and a two hour eating event. I think it is a pride thing. Regardless, I survived. For you. You’re welcome.

In conclusion: Try our delicious, sweet, cocktail root beer floats. We are fans. Big fans.

Glasses of our Vodka & Coconut Ice Cream Root Beer Floats recipe

Vodka Root Beer Floats with Coconut Ice Cream

Vodka root beer float made with dairy-free cinnamon coconut ice cream. Deliciously vegan!
Author Minimalist Baker
Straws, cans of natural root beer, and two glasses of our Vodka & Coconut Ice Cream Root Beer Floats recipe
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (floats)
Course Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 2 cans Hansens Root Beer (or other natural soda)
  • 4 Tbsp quality vodka (Kahlua and dark rum also worked nicely // 2 oz equals 4 Tbsp)
  • 4 scoops cinnamon toast ice cream


  • Split a can of soda between two large glasses and then add a shot of vodka to each.
  • Carefully drop two scoops of dairy-free ice cream into each glass (we used our cinnamon toast coconut ice cream), and then top off with remaining can of root beer.
  • Slurp, scoop, and enjoy.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 floats Calories: 380 Carbohydrates: 60 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 8 g Saturated Fat: 5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 0.5 g Sugar: 15 g

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  1. Bunnie says

    I am going home to make this for my husband, won’t he be surprised! We love vanilla ice cream with Bailey’s Salted Caramel Liquor. So easy, so good. Thanks for the Root beer Float with Vodka.

  2. Emily @ says

    Sounds DELICIOUS and I love your blog!! Glad I found it when I was searching root beer recipes. Feel free to visit mine tomorrow, I’ll be posting my own recipe for National Root Beer Day, too! Thanks again for sharing.


  3. Sarah says

    Was so delicious. Easy to make which was a bonus to the taste! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Colorful and Yummy Ice Cream on AllFreshRecipes, i’ll pay close attention to ur more recipes!

  4. Jess says

    Welcome, John – awesome recipe for your first ever post. All these things are so delicious on their own, it’s a stroke of brilliance to combine them! Grown-up root beer floats? Yes please.

  5. Sarah says

    Off the chain – what a great recipe. It’s the middle of summer here, and Australia Day is coming up (like our 4th of July). I’m looking at the drink of the day, I think.

  6. Kathryn says

    On behalf of everyone, thank you for all the hard work you put in to developing this recipe. I’m sure testing all those boozy cocktails must have been a real hardship. The sacrifices you make for us all are much appreciated ;)

  7. becca says

    Okay Dana. I just read your other little blog post because you had a link to it. (Sorry John…but awesome post here! AND love the new recipe!). I just cut my hair for the new year! Almost 2 feet!! I wish I had the fortitude to have photographed the experience a bit better. My hair has been super long for so long. I kept thinking, why do I put it up all the time? So I cut it! Gahh!! Not sure I love my new do (up under the chin!!), or that it looks as good as it used too, however you look fabUlous!! Awesome. ANd also bravo recipes for the new year! Detox away.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Becca, so glad you said hello and that we are both lacking in the hair department right now. Most days I like my bob, other days it freaks me out. Either way, it’s gone so there’s no sense in regretting it now! Hope you enjoy our detox (and float) recipes : ) Stick around and say hello again, friend!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks says

    This is such a fun one! And the ice cream itself sounds dreamy. I saw it in your other post and I’ve made cinnamon toast smoothies, but never actual ice cream. Yum!

  9. Ashlae says

    Boozy root beer floats are something I can get behind. I highly recommend trying them with root liqueur next time. Then invite Thom and I over to drink them with you. The liqueur is spendy, but so dang delicious.


  10. Bronwyn says

    Try this with Jagermeister. Your life will change.
    My best friends and I have been doing jager and rootbeer for years, and it’s heavenly. Spicy, herby, warm and sweet. It’s perfection.

  11. Tammy says

    Hi, nice to meet you John! Hysterical post! And these look delicious! Can’t wait to try it. I told my husband I wanted to take up home bartendering as a hobby and he laughed since we drink only on occasion, but this may change his mind!


    • Frankie caira says

      Hi, nice to meet you john! Hysterical and these look delicious! Can’t wait to try it. I told my husband I wanted to take up home bartendering as a hobby and he laughed since we drink only on occasion, but this may change his mind!