When is National Root Beer Float Day? Always August 6!
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. We found several greeting card sites that list this holiday-
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food & drink holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day at this time. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
How is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is celebrated by making yourself a root beer float and maybe a few more for family and friends! Yep that's what everyone does on this holiday. The best way to celebrate this holiday is by having a root beef float party- Make homemade ice cream as everyone waits in anticipation for the root beef floats- all you need to do is fill a tall glass loosely with vanilla ice cream- add cold root beer until glass is full- foam will form and rise above the top of the glass- yummie!
What is Root Beef Float?
"Also known as a "black cow" or "brown cow" , the root beer float is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but can also be made with other flavors."
"In the United States and Canada, the chain A&W Restaurants are well known for their root beer floats. The definition of a black cow varies by region. For instance in some localities, a "root beer float" has strictly vanilla ice cream; a float made with root beer and chocolate ice cream is a "chocolate cow" or a "brown cow."
"In 2008, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group introduced its Float beverage line. This includes A&W Root Beer, A&W Cream Soda and Sunkist flavors which attempt to simulate the taste of their respective ice cream float flavors in a creamy, bottled drink."
"The origin of the name "black cow" has always been of interest to food and beverage experts and apparently dates to August of 1893 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Frank J. Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company had been producing a line of naturally flavored, naturally carbonated premium soda waters for the citizens of the then booming Cripple Creek gold mining district. He had been trying to create a special drink for the children of Cripple Creek and came up with an idea while staring out at his properties on Cow Mountain on a moonlit night. The full moon's glow on the snow capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of his blackened Cow Mountain. As he told the story later, he was inspired by this view to hurry back to his bar and add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to the one soda water he produced that the children of Cripple Creek seemed to like best - Myers Avenue Red root beer - and served it the very next day. The drink was an instant hit. Originally named "Black Cow Mountain", the local children shortened this to "black cow". Wisner was known to say many times in his later years that if he had a nickel for every time someone ordered a black cow, he'd have been a rich man."
Other Types of Flavors:
Boston cooler: composed of ginger ale and vanilla ice cream.
Snow White: 7 Up or Sprite and vanilla ice cream.
Coke float: Coca-Cola brand sodas and soft serve ice cream.
Purple cow: In the context of ice cream soda, a purple cow
is vanilla ice cream in purple grape soda.