Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day with these adult variations

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Root beer floats are delicious treats all by themselves, but with National Root Beer Float Day falling on a Monday this year, we thought that some might appreciate the addition of a little kick to the typical root beer float recipe. And while you could just douse your float with a shot or two of bourbon, rum or whatever other alcohol you have on hand in your liquor cabinet, we thought it would be much more fun to turn to a true mixologist for something extra special.

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Our craft cocktail goddess

We reached out to Becca Yannone, a mixologist and craft cocktail bartender of some note (now working at Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge in Houston) for two root beer float recipes, including one without dairy for the vegans and lactose intolerant among us.

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Adult root beer float No. 1

If you like bourbon, you’ll want to give this smooth, creamy little number a try. The star is the Elijah Craig bourbon, but it’s rounded out with some unexpected additions that give it a decidedly adult flavor profile.

Editor’s note: Yannone is not paid to represent or promote any of the ingredients used in these recipes.

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Recipe for adult root beer float

In a tall glass, combine:

1.5 oz. Elijah Craig bourbon 
.75  oz. Amaro Luciano 
.25  oz. Creme de Noyaux 
4 dashes Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

Top with your favorite root beer, add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream, garnish with a cherry and enjoy!

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Vegan adult root beer float

If dairy-based ice cream isn’t your thing, we’ve got you covered. The coconut creme sorbet makes this absolutely dreamy, Yannone says. 

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Recipe for vegan adult root beer float

In a tall glass, combine:

1.5 oz. Plantation Pineapple rum 
.50 oz. Punch Fantasia 
3 dashes Bittercube Jamaican No. 1 bitters 

Top it all off with your favorite root beer and a scoop of coconut cream sorbet. Garnish with pineapple fronds and enjoy!

If you are drinking, please do so responsibly! A don’t forget to hydrate (that goes for everyone)! Here are a few tips on how to save on drinking water.

This story originally appeared on MediaFeed.org.

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Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.