Mini Root Beer Floats with an Adult Root Beer Float Option

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The soda fountain theme continues with mini root beer floats that were just too cute for words. It was a birthday party and I wanted cute, because I knew a lot of kids would be there, but at the same time, I wanted it to be something adults would appreciate, and that means, alcohol.

The greatest thing about these is the presentation. Little plastic cups dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles, which were done days ahead of the party, set the tone. All it took from there was vanilla ice cream and a really good root beer. We settled on Virgils, which doesn’t have high fructose syrup, and I purchased a red tray from Goodwill, because part of this fun is making a whole tray and walking around.

Mini root beer floats by Angela Roberts

No one passes up a root beer float. But, right before I served, we spiked a few with bourbon (about a teaspoon because these are tiny), but make sure you remember which ones. Next time, I’ll make different colored sprinkled for the adult version. As far as we know, no one under 6 drank bourbon.

Root Beer Floats spiked with bourbon by angela roberts

Add in a little whipped cream as an option. Cherries aren’t really necessary, but make a cute picture. The straws are a must and can be ordered here, but I saw some at our local Joanne’s. Nonpareils work really well for the rim. I love these colors, but you can find black and orange for Halloween too.

Root Beer Float 3 by Angela Roberts

The cake was a surprise cake from Priscilla at Cakes by Priscilla. I’ll be featuring more about her soon.

Birthday cake for fun party by Angela Roberts

Serve these with the chocolate sundae cupcakes and grilled cheese. You might think this is just for kids, but I have to tell you, I think the adults liked the root beer floats the most (even the regular ones) because it’s a throwback to another time. Just for fun, we also made some creamsicle floats with orange soda. Make enough for two each.

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Mini Root Beer Floats with an Adult Root Beer Float Option

Root Beer floats with a chocolate sprinkled rimmed glass make for a lot of fun at a party for any age.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Roberts


  • white candy melts
  • sprinkles
  • 24 small plastic cups
  • six pack of root beer
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • bourbon optional


  • Melt white chocolate candy melts in microwave, following directions in a small bowl that will fit the cup you are dipping.
  • Dip in edge and dip into the sprinkles. These can be made days in advance.
  • Put one small scoop in glass.
  • Pour in root beer.
  • Add whipped cream and a straw (cut in half)
  • Add in 1 to2 teaspoons bourbon for an alcoholic option.

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  2. Yes definitely a fun idea for a party. I remember sitting at the lunch counter at Woolworths and having floats and fries with my entire family.

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