Root beer Floats

August 14, 2009

Rootbeer and ice cream

Root beer and ice cream

Summer treat, a rootbeer float

Summer treat, a root beer float

My siblings and I share special memories of root beer floats.  We rarely had soft drinks, which we called “pop,” when we were growing up.  But on those especially hot, humid Minnesota summer days, my mother would treat us to root beer floats.  We’d always drink them from clear glasses (real glass, not plastic).  And we always drank them outside on the “island,” a plot of grass encircled by our driveway.  I’m sure this was an outside activity because the root beer had a tendency to fizz up and spill over the tops of the glasses as it was poured over the vanilla ice cream.  I still love root beer floats!

4 Responses to “Root beer Floats”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I missed out on the real glass glasses – I remember the tall pink plastic ones. I just had a root beer float the other day. Kathryn and I indulge once in awhile.

  2. Shirley Says:

    I also remember drinking from glass mugs, always outside on the flagstone patio in the back yard. Rootbeer floats were a special treat then, and they still are.

  3. shoreacres Says:

    Our 1950s Iowa routine was to take a Sunday drive into the country to see how the corn was growing, and then to end up at the A&W rootbeer stand and have a float. Sometimes, we made supper of it by adding a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. Texas’s food is good, but even barbeque can’t hold a candle to a pork tenderloin sandwich.


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