A Root Beer Float To Give You The Best Worst Morning After: Root Canal Float

Words: Den Alibudbud/Styling and Photography: Mylene Chung/October 12, 2012

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As far as I’m concerned, the best way to drink alcohol is when you let it creep up behind you and knock you over the head for refusing to share. Thus, the mother of all traydor drinks: a mug of root beer spiked with old man’s whiskey, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A sweet, sweet ride to Hangover City.

Design studio And a Half was kind enough to customize the awesome food art above, as a badge of pride for all who have fallen (and will continue to fall) for these floats for grown-ups. Thanks guys!

Root Canal Float

Yield: 1 mug


  • 1 can root beer, cold
  • 2 shots or more of Jack Daniel’s
  • 1 big scoop of vanilla ice cream


  1. In a mug, pour shots of JD whiskey.
  2. Add in root beer and stir for 5 seconds.
  3. Top with vanilla ice cream.
  4. Serve immediately.


  1. Adjust the amount of alcohol depending on how much of a hit you want from the drink.

Den Alibudbud

Den has spent the last six years doing accounts and project management work for various companies. Recently, her grammar-Nazi-inclinations and slavedriving skills convinced the kindly folks at PhotoKitchen to have her join their merry band. See More.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=848254661 Charles Gaisano

    wow i want this! you know the last time I had the root beer float with the vanilla yogurt yum yum yum!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

      Healthier ba? Hehehe!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=848254661 Charles Gaisano

        ewan hehe gsto ko to!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/slaopicao Stephen Veloso Lao

    I think bacardi black would be better than JD for this one, better flavor combination

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

      Bacardi makes my world spin, but okay, I’ll try. :) This combo tastes like licorice, FYI.

  • http://twitter.com/sonofthe1stborn Egay


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

      1, 2, 3, down!

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

      Thank you! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/nico.goco.3 Nico Goco

    could go great as well with some amaretto and amarula, but simple recipes work best of course. And where’d you get those cohibas? :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

      Mmm! I love amaretto by itself, actually, but I imagine it would be quite good with root beer float as well. :) The cigars are from a friend of Kat, whose laway has (hopefully) long dried out of the stubs. 😉

  • Cristina

    Would try this on our family’s Christmas party. Perfect for my unsuspecting cousins. 😀

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud


  • rftreyes

    Perfect for the holidays! Maybe I’ll skip the ice cream part, but definitely not the Whiskey.
    We looooove Jack Daniels. We even made baby back ribs sauce out of it 😀 !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/compelling.chef Compelling Chef

    I never thought to spike a rootbeer float. I love the idea of this grown up treat! Thanks so much and I can’t wait to try this.

  • Fazool

    Or how about using Guinness instead of the root beer?!

    • Henry H. Ford

      blech. That would be offensive to floating ice-cream beverages worldwide.

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  • Capncoke

    I’m gonna try this with Captain Morgan

    • Big Al


  • Jeff Nice

    oooh wanna try this!! can i use spray whipped cream as alternative for ice cream? XDD

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