Today is National Root Beer Float Day, and as the summer heat reaches its peak (for some of us, at least), a day that celebrates a cold, refreshing treat couldn’t come at a better time.
The root beer float, a delicious combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, was invented in the late 19th century by Frank J. Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company. Wisner had been making soda waters for the citizens of Cripple Creek, which included Myers Avenue Red root beer, the most popular soda water among the children. The idea came to Wisner while staring out at Cow Mountain. Glowing under a full moon, the dark, snow capped mountain looked as if it were capped by a scoop of ice cream. Inspired by this sight, Wisner added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to his popular root beer and called it “Black Cow Mountain,” which the children eventually shortened to “black cow.”
Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day by cooling off with a sweet, refreshing, and easy-to-make root beer float.