Root Beer Float With Baileys Irish Cream

Karen Frazier
Root beer float with Baileys

Many people are surprised to discover how well root beer blends with Bailey's Irish Cream to make a spectacular root beer float. Sometimes called Irish root beer floats, these delicious Bailey's Irish Cream drinks are the perfect adult versions of a soda fountain favorite.

Root Beer Float With Baileys and Kahlúa

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

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa
  • 6 ounces root beer, chilled

Instructions

  1. Chill a beer mug.
  2. In the mug, combine the Irish cream and Kahlúa. Stir.
  3. Add the root beer and stir gently.

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.

Ingredients

  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream, chilled
  • 6 ounces root beer, chilled

Instructions

  1. Chill a beer mug.
  2. Fill the mug with ice.
  3. Add the Irish cream and root beer. Stir.

Southern Root Beer Float

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

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Cognac or Armagac
  • 1 ounce root beer schnapps
  • 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces root beer

Instructions

  1. Chill a beer mug.
  2. Add the Cognac, schnapps, and Irish cream. Stir.
  3. Add the ice cream.
  4. Pour the root beer over the top.

Irish Root Beer

This Irish root beer is float-like; the Bailey's Irish Cream adds a creamy element just like adding ice cream would. But it's also enhanced by the additional and intriguing flavor of dark rum and the warm flavor of butterscotch schnapps.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 5 ounces root beer, chilled

Instructions

  1. Chill a beer mug.
  2. Add the Irish cream, dark rum, and butterscotch schnapps. Stir.
  3. Pour in the root beer. Stir gently.

Irish B52 Bomber

The B52 shot is a popular sweet layered shot made with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, and Grand Marnier. So what happens when you add the shot to root beer? Try this fun cocktail and find out.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce Kahlúa
  • ½ ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • ½ ounce ounce Grand Marnier
  • 6 ounce mug of root beer

Instructions

  1. Carefully make a B52 shot by layering each liqueur in order in a shot glass. To do this, slowly and carefully pour the Kahlúa, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier over the back of a spoon so it sits on top of the previous liqueur.
  2. Drop the shot in the root beer and chug.

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of root beer schnapps
  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream

Instructions

  1. Pour the schnapps in a shot glass.
  2. Top off with the Irish cream.

Baileys Irish Cream Root Beer Float Tips

It's not clear exactly who first invented this cocktail, but there's definitely more than one way to make a root beer float with Baileys Irish cream.

  • Give each of the recipes a try and decide which is your favorite.
  • Thoroughly chill all of your ingredients and glasses beforehand to ensure each drink is truly a frosty treat.
  • Experiment with proportions to find one that's perfect for you.

About Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream is a unique liqueur that contains a combination of whiskey, real Irish cream, sugar, and a touch of cocoa. This original Baileys blend became quite popular and led to the creation of additional flavors in mint chocolate, caramel, hazelnut and coffee. It's a popular add-in for many Irish-themed drinks.

Enjoy a Baileys Root Beer 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.

Root Beer Float With Baileys Irish Cream