Happy National Root Beer Float Day!
According to the National Day Calendar folks, whose version of history is provided below, the Root Beer Float was initially known as the “Black Cow.” But not in our home growing up. Although the perfect summer treat, my father loved and made Root Beer Floats for us year-round. But, a Root Beer Float was a Root Beer Float because he had another name for a Black Cow — that was a float made with Coca-Cola!
We also had “Purple Cows” made with Grape Soda, and “Red Cows” made with Vess Cream Soda. And the “Orange Cow” made with Orange Soda, of course.
Growing up, we had a herd of ice cream float cows of all different colors in our family growing up! And of course, I would have been remiss not sharing and passing along a special family tradition to my own kids along the way, right?
Returning to the Root Beer Float, though, here is the official version of the Root Beer Float story, from the National Day Calendar page —
“Also known as the “Black Cow,” the root beer float got its start in Colorado in a mining camp. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the “Black Cow” way back in August of 1893.
“One night Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters he was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek when he came upon an idea. The full moon that night shined on the snow-capped Cow Mountain and reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He hurried back to his bar and scooped a spoonful of ice cream into the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. After trying, he liked it and served it the very next day. It was an immediate hit.
“Wisner named the new creation, “Black Cow Mountain” but the local children shortened the name to “Black Cow”.”
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Who can resist the combination of creamy, vanilla ice cream and ice-cold, frothy root beer on a hot summer day? I encourage you to set some time aside to make and enjoy a Root Beer Float (or another colorful float if you choose!) with your family and friends this weekend. Life is short. Enjoy the little things and make special memories with loved ones!
I was raised on A&W, but now also really enjoy ice-cold Barq’s, as well. What is your favorite brand of Root Beer? Please share and let us know in the comments about other special brands to try!
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6 thoughts on “Happy National Root Beer Float Day!”
i remember grandma making root beer floats and enjoying them as a child. Haven’t had one in ages but am now feeling the need to try it again.
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I think that one of the most special things about childhood treats is when they bring back all the memories and joys associated with them and times with our loved ones. I never have a Root Beer Float or other float treats without thinking of my Dad standing at the kitchen counter and preparing them for us all many years ago. As well as recalling myself making them for my own kids when they were young, in all the different flavors, watching each the first time in amazement and excitement as the float colors and flavors changed. Each one had their own favorite float treat! Thanks for visiting, Cat, and very best wishes for the rest of the summer, hopefully, to be enjoyed with a Root Beer Float or two along the way! 🤠 🐻 ❤️
Hi James, we grew up with these treat drinks, too.
I don’t hear about much about them anymore. I’ll have to make some soon.
Great post and thanks for the reminder. 🙂
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Thanks for visiting, Rosie! Root Beer Floats are a delightful summer treat outdoors on a warm summer evening, aren’t they? For me, they bring back memories of childhood. Wishing all the best to you and your family! Enjoy! 😎 🐻 ❤️
Interesting history on the root beer float. I grew up drinking Barq’s root beer which originated in Biloxi, MS manufactured by the Barq’s family there. Actually, I like a chilled mug of root beer topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard. So good!
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Thanks for visiting, Frank! For me, Barq’s has a distinct flavor that I really like, too. Have a wonderful weekend and safe rest of the summer in Tampa! 🤠 🐻
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