Today, August 6th, is National Root Beer Float Day, meaning millions of Americans are (or should be) celebrating by sipping on the cool treat, especially given the warm weather outside.
Pharmacist Frank J. Wisner is thought to be the original creator of the ice cream and soda concoction, creating the world’s first root beer float after his ice machine broke. In order to help his customers cool off, Widner served soda with ice cream in the glass, calling the creation “black cows,” according to The Christian Post.
The Examiner’s Marie Daw writes of the root beer float that:
“There are many ways to enjoy a root beer float, as well as many different opinions on weather the ice cream or soda should go into the glass first. Regardless of which you decide to put in first, just make sure to leave enough room in the glass for that expanding foam as well as make it on a surface that you can easily wipe up. Most of the time, it does not matter how careful you are, there most likely will be a foam waterfall over the side of your glass.”
Twitter users took the time to celebrate the day, with many showing excitement at the prospect of enjoying one of the tasty treats. User Eatocracy wrote, “Alright already, we’ll all float on. It’s National Root Beer Float Day!” Another user, Liz, posted:
“It’s national root beer float day, I think I might explode with happiness.”
The Christian Post believes that, in order to create the perfect rootbeer float, you should:
“1. Fill a glass three-fourths full with root beer.
2. Slowly add one scoop on vanilla ice cream into the glass.
3. Drizzle more root beer atop the ice cream, forming a foamy mix. Keep pouring until glass is full.
4. Enjoy with a spoon or a straw, or both.”
They also note that, if you don’t feel like having root beer, you can substitute it for other soft drinks, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and flavored sodas, like orange and grape. Universal Studios even offers park visitors “Butterbeer,” which is made of root beer and butter scotch ice cream.
Will you be celebrating National Root Beer Float Day today?