Root beer float

"alcoholic root beer floats" by Stacy Spensley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Root beer floats --  made with creamy vanilla ice cream and root beer -- have been loved by generations and were the pinnacle drink of many people’s childhood summers.

The beverage is adored so much so that Aug. 6 is National Root Beer Float Day to allow everyone to celebrate the classics.

Some have wondered who created the first root beer float and to answer that one must go back to Cripple Creek, Colorado, 1893.

According to National Day Calendar, Frank J. Wisner was the owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company and liked producing a line of soda waters for the nearby town.

One night after thinking the full moon looked like a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Wisner decided to put a spoonful into his classic root beer soda.

He served it to the locals and miners the very next day and the “Black Cow” or what we call today the root beer float, was an instant success.

Fast forward to 2021, root beer floats are still loved and enjoyed by millions.

So this Friday, when you are celebrating the iconic drink, don’t forget to say a little thanks to Frank J. Wisner.

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