Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float

Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float Gluten Free Easily

Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float

On the way home from camping this weekend, we suddenly wanted steamed crabs. But, alas, crabs go quickly around here, especially early in the season, so there were no crabs to be had. But in our quest for crabs, I saw some root beer and suddenly wanted a good root beer float. I don’t drink them often, but I do love root beer floats.  However, I decided the usual root beer float was not going to cut it.

You see … I also wanted to enjoy an evening cocktail on the porch. There was no way that I could—or wanted to—indulge in both a root beer float and a cocktail. What’s a girl to do? How about combine the two? Oh, yes, I did, and pretty easily and very deliciously as it turns out. All you need is a little rum!

Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float Gluten Free Easily


Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float
Recipe type: Beverage, Cocktail
  • About 1 cup of root beer
  • ¼ cup (a little more than 1 shot) rum (I used light rum)
  • About 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream (dairy-free ice cream works just fine), with more in reserve as needed
  1. Pour root beer into a mug.
  2. Add rum. Stir.
  3. Add ice cream until the mug is full, allowing a few seconds for root beer mixture to foam up and calm back down.
  4. Serve with a straw.
Keep a mug in the freezer and enjoy your float in a frosty mug.

A local restaurant offers root beer floats. They always bring extra root beer “in case you need it.” In my experience, it’s not extra root beer, but extra ice cream that you need! That’s why I note adding extra ice cream in the recipe---per your personal preference, of course.


Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float Gluten Free Easily

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29 Responses to “Root Beer and Rum Ice Cream Float”

  1. DIANE on June 9th, 2014 12:56 pm

    Your recipe measurement for the rum is confusing. You say to use 1/4 cup rum, then you put “1 shot” in parentheses. 1 “shot” is not 1/4 cup. In the U.S., 1 “shot” is considered 1.5 oz. 1/4 cup is 2 oz.

    • Shirley on June 9th, 2014 1:04 pm

      Diane–I just changed my wording. I poured the rum from my full shot glass into a measuring cup and it measured 1/4 cup, but I realize that a shot is typically considered to be 1.5 ounces. Not sure if my shot glass is larger than most. ;-) Anyway, hopefully, my update has clarified things!


      • Aslan Balaur on June 13th, 2014 9:09 pm

        Besides, the extra 1/2 ounce rum should just make it that much more “special”. Ever try it with spiced rum?

        • Shirley on June 13th, 2014 9:17 pm

          Not yet, Aslan, but great idea as it should be very good with spiced rum! ;-) Happy to have you here on gfe. :-)


          • Aslan Balaur on June 13th, 2014 10:03 pm

            Thanks for the welcome. My wife and I are both gluten intolerant. (Rather badly intolerant, for her, sadly) Thank the Goddess that neither of us get set off by distillates. And I plan to try this recipe SEVERAL times this summer!

          • Shirley on June 13th, 2014 11:11 pm

            Aslan–You’re welcome, of course. :-) I’m so happy that I don’t have an issue with distilled alcohol either. We can all enjoy this treat this summer. ;-)


  2. Maggie on June 9th, 2014 1:10 pm

    You and your hubby are just big kids at heart and I so admire that! One of the many things I love about you and your lifestyle. xo

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2014 12:44 am

      Missed replying … you’re so sweet, dear. We’re always being shown that life is short and often hard, “playing” just makes sense. ;-)

      Thanks, Maggie. xo,

  3. Diane Eblin on June 9th, 2014 1:33 pm

    Oh you delicious naughty girl. I’m having one of these this weekend! Oh wait I guess that means I’m the same. Love this combo Shirley!

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2014 12:45 am

      I hope you followed through with your delicious naughty plans because I know you’d definitely enjoy this one, Diane. :-)


  4. Megan | Allergy Free Alaska on June 9th, 2014 5:46 pm

    I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! Oh my land, Shirley! This sounds fabulous! ;) And I love that sign you have, “Welcome to the porch.” It’s perfect!

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2014 12:47 am

      Megan–My sister gave me that sign a few years ago and it’s perfect. :-) I’ve never hung it because I just keep moving it around to the best vantage point. ;-) Oh, and yes, this drink is pretty heavenly!

      Thanks! xo,

  5. Lynne L on June 9th, 2014 6:37 pm

    Tsk tsk oh my!!! Sounds like my kind of refreshing drink…or is it dessert??!! In any case, very yummy!

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2014 12:47 am

      It’s both a drink and dessert, Lynne! :-)


  6. Cheryl Harris on June 9th, 2014 9:02 pm

    (that says it all, I think)

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2014 12:48 am

      You are the queen of succinctness, dear! :-)


  7. brenda on June 13th, 2014 8:45 pm

    What rum is gluten free. I was told the only liquor that was gf was potato vodka.

    • Shirley on June 13th, 2014 8:53 pm

      Hi Brenda–Welcome to gfe. :-) Years ago, those who were gluten free were told they could only consume alcohol that started with gluten-free ingredients. However, for quite some time it’s been known that distilled alcohol is gluten free. From Gluten-Free Living: “Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free because distillation effectively removes gluten from wheat. They are not gluten free if gluten-containing ingredients are added after distillation, but this rarely, if ever, happens.” I made this drink using Bacardi silver label rum because it’s light in flavor.

      Enjoy. :-)

      • Aslan Balaur on June 13th, 2014 9:17 pm

        For those concerned about gluten and distillates, further reading:

        Basically, it states that since gluten cannot travel by vapor, by definition, distillation removes gluten.

        • Shirley on June 13th, 2014 9:22 pm

          Thanks for sharing, Aslan. I’ve seen it stated as the gluten molecule is too large to “survive” the distillation process. That said, I know there are some who are gluten free who say they can’t tolerate any distilled alcohol made from grains. Everyone has to do what makes them feel comfortable.


          • Aslan Balaur on June 13th, 2014 10:04 pm

            “Everyone has to do what makes them feel comfortable.”

            I think I can agree on that. Especially since there ARE other chemicals in distillates that some might be sensitive to, other than gluten.

          • Shirley on June 13th, 2014 11:12 pm

            Yes. Thanks.


  8. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats on June 17th, 2014 10:23 pm

    I have such fond memories involving real root beer floats. In the city I went to high school, there was an old fashion park and eat restaurant. The waitresses even wore roller skates to come and take your order from the car! This makes me think it’s time to make some for the kids!

    • Shirley on June 27th, 2014 2:08 pm

      Laura–I must have replied to you in my head, because I distinctly remember your comment. What a cool experience for you! It’s been a very, very long time since there were roller skating waitresses around here–or even curb service like that–but that sure would make ordering a root beer float super special! ;-)


  9. Debi on June 26th, 2014 8:16 pm

    I think this is a must for the retreat!

    • Shirley on June 27th, 2014 2:09 pm

      Sounds good to me, Debi! We might have to make some homemade dairy-free ice cream and find the healthiest root beer option. I’ve never made root beer, but I know that folks do. :-)


  10. Heather @ Life, Gluten Free on July 2nd, 2014 11:57 am

    I don’t drink alcohol, but that looks tasty Shirley! :)

    • Shirley on July 11th, 2014 10:36 am

      Hi Heather–A way belated reply, but thanks! :-)


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