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Black Cow Float Recipe

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Whether you’re celebrating Black Cow Day on June 10th or want a refreshing, nostalgic summer beverage, here is the Black Cow Float recipe. Enjoy!

What is a black cow float?

A black cow float is a root beer float with vanilla ice cream. Like your black cow a little different? Use chocolate ice cream and you now have a Brown Cow float. (Sometimes a black cow or brown cow uses cola.)

What kind of ice cream is in a black cow float?

One hot night in August of 1893, Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado was staring out the window looking at the snow capped Cow Mountain in the moonlight and thought of vanilla ice cream. He raced to his bar and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to Myers Avenue Red Root Beer and enjoyed the very first Black Cow ice cream float.

This is why a traditional black cow float is root beer with vanilla ice cream.

black cow float

What is a black cow drink?

A Black Cow usually refers to a root beer float. But just to make things a little confusing, there is an alcoholic drink called a Black Cow #2 made with Kahlúa, half-and-half cream, and cola. 

Why is a black cow called a float?

The carbonation in the root beer releases carbon dioxide bubbles and the fat in the ice cream coats the bubbles, causing the ice cream to “float”. The bubbles expand into a head of foam that everyone loves to sip as soon as they get their hands on the glass.

Black Cow Float Recipe

  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • 8 oz root beer
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  1. Chill a mug or tall glass until it’s frosted.
  2. Pour in chocolate syrup to cover the bottom of the glass.
  3. Add vanilla ice cream scoops.
  4. Slowly fill glass with root beer. (It will foam like crazy. You won’t need all of the root beer to fill the glass.)
  5. Serve with a paper straw and spoon with long handle to eat the ice cream.

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