The owner of Colorado’s Cripple Creek Brewing, Frank Wisner created the first root beer float in 1893. He observed that the snowy peaks on the Cow Mountains in Colorado looked as if it was ice cream floating in soda. He took inspiration from the view and mixed root beer with vanilla ice cream and called the recipe - Black Cow. That recipe is called the Root Beer Float nowadays.
What does a root beer float taste like?
Root beer float tastes like a mellowed down version of the intense flavor of root beer. This is mainly due to the fat in present in the vanilla ice cream and whipped cream that forms a layer over your taste buds. Root beer float has toned down flavors of ginger, licorice, cinnamon from the root beer and vanilla from the ice cream.