Root Beer Float with Baileys Irish Cream

Root beer float with Baileys

Turn a childhood favorite into an adult beverage when you make a root beer float with Baileys Irish Cream.

About Baileys

Baileys Irish Cream is a unique liqueur that contains a combination of whiskey, real Irish cream, sugar and a touch of cocoa. This orginal Baileys blend became quite popular and led to the creation of additional flavors in mint chocolate, caramel, hazelnut and coffee.

The rich creamy texture of Baileys makes it the perfect ingredient for creating an adult root beer float beverage whether or not you choose to add real ice cream to your cocktail.

How to Make a Root Beer Float with Baileys Irish Cream

It's not clear exactly who first invented this cocktail, but there's definietly more than one way to make a root beer float with Baileys Irish cream. So, give each of the following recipes a try and decide which is your favorite. For the best results, thoroughly chill all of your ingredients and glasses beforehand to ensure each drink is truly a frosty treat.

Root Beer Float with Baileys and Kahlua

The Kahlua in this recipe lends a nice coffee undertone to the drink that is surprisingly pleasing.

  • 1 shot of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 shot of Kahlua
  • Your favorite brand of root beer

In your chilled mug, combine the Kahlua and Baileys, and then fill the rest of the mug with the root beer.

Irish Root Beer Float

This may be the simplest root beer float cocktail recipe, but it's incredibly tasty. Follow the directions the first time you make it, and then experiment with the ratio of Baileys to root beer to find your perfect flavor blend.

  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Your favorite root beer
  • Ice

Using a tall mug, fill it 1/3 full of crushed ice. Next, add the Baileys approximately 1/4 of the way up the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with the root beer and give it a little stir with a swizzle stick.

Southern Root Beer Float

This drink packs a bit of a wallop, so be forewarned!

  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 1 ounce root beer schnapps
  • 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 or 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Your favorite root beer

To a large mug, add the ice cream and all three alcohols. Slowly pour in enough root beer to fill the glass without making it overflow.

Root Beer Float Shot

When just a little drink will suffice, give this tasty shot a try. It's as easy to make as it is delicious. You'll need:

  • 1 ounce of root beer schnapps
  • Baileys Irish Cream

In a large shot glass, simply pour in the ounce of schnapps, and then add the Baileys Irish Cream up to the top.

Create Your Ideal Float

As you can see, there are a number of ways to make your float cocktail, so if you see elements from a couple of recipes that intrigue you, take a chance and experiment with them. You may have a couple of failures before you hit on the right combination of ingredients and ratios, but you may eventually come up with an even better cocktail than the one with which you started.

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Root Beer Float with Baileys Irish Cream