Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Root Beer Floats

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Nothing can match the refreshing taste of a Root Beer Float! It's even better when you swap the store bought soda for homemade root beer. You'll want to make these all summer long.


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspooon root beer concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 quart club soda
  • 1 quart vanilla bean ice cream


  1. In a large saucepan, boil water. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla sugar until completely dissolved. Mix in root beer concentrate and vanilla bean paste. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve, pour into large pitcher. Mix in the club soda. For a glass of homemade root beer, serve over ice.
  3. For a root beer float, scoop ice cream into large glass. Pour fresh root beer over ice cream and enjoy!


  • Don't have vanilla sugar? Feel free to substitute regular granulated sugar in the recipe.
  • If you don't have vanilla paste and can't find it, substitute a teaspoon of vanilla extract instead with the scrapings of a vanilla been pod.
  • Don't add the club soda to the concentrate syrup until you're ready to drink the root beer. It'll quickly go flat if not enjoyed soon after pouring.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 0gSugar: 70gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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