Vanilla bean ice cream and boozy root beer floats

Vanilla bean ice cream
Vanilla bean ice cream
Madagascar vanilla beans

Behold: the final ice cream recipe of summer. This is it, folks! Although I'm sure none of you are complaining considering I've shared one too many ice cream recipes this summer - OOPS. So, if you're sick of the ice cream (which you probably are, especially if you don't have one of those fancy ice cream making devices) - I'm sorry, but I can't not post this one. I just can't. It's the building block for future quarts of mint chocolate chip or cookie dough or salted caramel ice cream. Did I mention it comes with a boozy bonus and-- I had you at boozy bonus, right?


It's my belief that root beer floats are under appreciated. Overlooked for things like ice cream cones, milkshakes, or hot fudge sundaes. But I urge you, before the official end of summer, to make one and share it with someone you admire. Someone who inspires you and makes you want to be a better person. Pay attention to them, their face, as you pour the soda over the ice cream and it fizzles it's way down the sides of the cup. Give them a pretty straw to sop up all that creamy, root beer flavored goodness. Watch them. How something as simple as ice cream and soda (and a pretty straw) will instantly brighten their mood. Sit there. Let the night take you in and get lost in deep, meaningful conversations. Feel sad, happy, hopeful, optimistic. Only good will come from a night spent over root beer floats. I promise.

Boozy root beer float

I've made this ice cream with coconut milk and soy cream, but I prefer the soy cream recipe best. If you're trying to avoid soy, replace it with equal amounts of coconut milk (one can full fat, one can lite). I've also made it with both sugar measurements, but I feel like 1/2 cup is just too sweet for me. However, considering apples are too sweet for me lately, you people who consume sugar regularly might want to add the larger amount. And don't you even think about skimping on the vanilla bean. Get the biggest, fattest one you can buy. If there's a spice shop near you, I recommend getting one there, as they're considerably cheaper than vanilla beans sold in grocery stores (not to mention, better quality).


3 1/2 cups soy cream
1/3-1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Add 1/3 cup of the cream to a small saucepan over medium heat. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, xanthan gum and vanilla bean; whisk into cream and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the remaining 3 cups of cream and stir for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a glass bowl, cover with plastic and refrigerate until cooled. Once cooled, pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream machine and mix according to the manufacturer's instructions. Eat ice cream immideately (it will be somewhat soft) or transfer to a container and freeze until ready to consume. Thaw for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Yield: about 1 quart


6 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
Vanilla bean sugar
Root liquor (or any other liquor)
Good quality root beer

Stack three large scoops of ice cream up the side of a 16 ounce cup. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Add root liquor (to taste) and root beer. Sip with a pretty straw.

Yield: 2 floats, one for you and your favorite person


  1. You are killing me with these ice cream recipes, Ashlae! I tried the raw cacao one you posted last week - INCREDIBLE. I will definitely be making that again.

    And yes - root beer floats are totally under-appreciated! I love them, and yet I don't think I've had one in years. Time to change that!

  2. OH. MY. GOD. That looks amazing! I think we need to get together with your root liquor and my guinness syrup and combine to make one fan freaking tastic float!

  3. Boozy root beer?? What a fabulous idea. Root beer floats are my be-all, end-all, absolute favorites, but I never considered making them alcoholic. Food for thought.

  4. FUN. What is root liqueur?

  5. you had me at boozy:) hahah sounds absolutely amazing!!!

  6. Yes you had me at boozy.
    Yes I need this in my life this very instant
    Yes I need to stop being a lazy ass and made your freakin' ice cream like i have been meaning to like forever ago!

  7. Have you every had high country kombucha's "wild root" variety? This could be EPIC in place of root beer! We'd be in good-bacteria heaven! ;) (ps) let's hang out soon!

  8. u got that right.. its already cold out here. we had like 2 days of summer .. pfft. that ice cream looks gorgeous! hope you are doing well.

    some images are not loading for me. might be a just hiccup right now. will check back tomm

  9. Ice cream and root beer and A BOOZY BONUS?! Overwhelmed with goodness.

    There's a gal at my local farmer's market that makes root beer floats with her delicious homemade ice cream. It has made my summer SIGNIFICANTLY better.

  10. There's no such thing as too many ice cream recipes. You just made me realize that I haven't made enough this summer and I do have one of those fancy maker devices =). I've been looking for dairy-free ice cream alternatives, so this hits the spot - will be browsing your collection for sure!

  11. Gorgeous pictures! I haven't had a root beer float in probably 20 years (I was a kid. It's not that I'm super old or anything) and I think I need to remedy that! Thank you for the recipe and the inspiration! :-)

  12. Root beer -- my favorite!! xoxo

  13. Yes!!! Root beer floats with homemade vanilla ice cream. Life, simply can not get better but then add a little special root and yes it does get better :)

  14. Wow. I decided today to go raw-ish and low acid, so I'll be trying your recipes in earnest.

    Root liquor from Cask.... coincidentally, I walked past Cask the other day. I might stop in and get this stuff.

    The best purchased root beer I've had so far is Hansen's. My beau loves root beer but can't take major sugar or citric acid. Maybe I can make root beer for him.

    Thanks for being awesome. (And I never use that word.)