How to make your own Root Beer Floats
There is something perfect about a root beer float on a hot summer's day. The creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer remind me of my childhood. For an extra special homemade root beer float, try making your own root beer! It is easier than you think and kids LOVE to watch the cold dry ice react with the water to make fog.
When it comes to the ingredients, they really aren't difficult to find. The rootbeer extract is usually found on the baking isle, near the spices. For the water, I just use tap water but any water will be fine. Dry ice is sold at most grocery stores, just ask your local store where they keep it. One thing to keep in mind, dry ice won't last forever. You will want to pick it up within a few hours of making your root beer.
- 8 cups cold water
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon rootbeer extract
- 1/2 lb dry ice, broken into pieces
- Add the sugar and extract to the water and mix until sugar dissolves.
- In a well ventilated area, add dry ice to rootbeer mixture and stir frequently so that the dry ice doesn't stick to the bottom of the container. (Do NOT put a lid on the rootbeer while dry ice is dissolving. The pressure created will make it explode.)
- Make sure all dry ice is dissolved before serving.
- Pour over your favorite vanilla ice cream.
- Dry ice can burn due to the extremely cold temperature. Do not handle with bare hands.
- Make rootbeer in a well ventilated area and do not cover the rootbeer while dry ice is dissolving, it will cause a build up in pressure that will cause it to explode, and you don't want that!
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