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August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day

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Root Beer_01 (Photo credit: rob_rob2001)

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Customers seated at an unidentified ice cream and soda fountain, Seattle (Photo credit: UW Digital Collections)

Thanks to the good people at FreeFlys, I learned about another sweet holiday. August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day, a day to celebrate the summer classic by getting a FREE (yes, you read that correctly) small Root Beer Float at participating A&W restaurants from 2 p.m. til close. Click here to see details. Can this deal be any sweeter? Yes, it is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. As I have probably mentioned before, despite my reservations about our participation in some of our current wars, I fully support our soldiers. Please click on the link to learn about other ways you can support this exceptional group, whether by donating money, volunteer time, or simply writing a letter to our troops.

As usual, I digress. If you can’t make it to your local A&W, or can’t wait to begin the celebration, make your own float. recommends that you pour your root beer into the glass BEFORE adding the vanilla ice cream, to avoid a big spill. I also learned from this site that the root beer float was invented in the late 19th Century by Frank Wisner, and is also called a black cow. All these years (let’s not dwell on how many, exactly), I thought a black cow was a Coke float…and here, I thought I was a dessert aficionado (well, confirmed dessert addict, in any case). This, of course, makes me digress again to thinking of Laverne and Shirley’s Pepsi and milk concoction (which never seemed like a good idea) and has been tested by Beverage Science as one of their pop culture experiments. I leave you to your own decision on this.

YumSugar expands the history, by explaining that Wisner was inspired to add the vanilla ice cream to root beer (which began being sold thirteen years earlier, in 1881) by the snow on top of Cow Mountain.

A turbo-charged recipe, by MidwestSimple, incorporates vanilla vodka into the mix. Another alternative is the Root Canal Float, proposed by Vintage West:

Posted on May 30, 2013 by nswentz under Drinks


via Yep, that will play | Vintage West.

Whatever your pleasure, be sure to enjoy the cool treat and toast the holiday!

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Recipes: It’s Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere!

An array of undoubtedly collectible antique Pi...

An array of undoubtedly collectible antique Pimm’s bottles. They’re missing Pimms No. 2 unfortunately… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await their bundle of joy, you can prepare by choosing a celebratory drink with which to toast the royal event. Of course, champagne would be in order, but, why not try something new? Buzzfeed Food posted (from twenty-four Pimm’s recipes, including both drinks and treats. You may want to start with a Classic Pimm’s Cup, for inspiration:

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
Diet Spite/7up/or any Lemon-Lime Soda of choice, also good with ginger beer


Pimm's Cup Nr 1

Pimm’s Cup Nr 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Traditional (yet totally optional) garnishes:
Green Apple

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour about 1/3 Pimm’s No.1 into the glass. Top with lemon-lime soda and any garnishes. Stir. Enjoy.

Click here to see all the recipes

Being July, you may want to try the Pimm’s granita, float, sorbet or Pimmsicle. Then, there are all the dessert recipes! So many celebrations can be made more festive with a spot of Pimm’s. …better buy two bottles!

via 22 Ways To Toast The Royal Baby With Pimm’s.


It’s Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere!

Whether or not you’ve been swept up in the royal baby hysteria, you might as well use it as an excuse to buy a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1. A gin-based liqueur with hints of citrus and spice, it is arguably Britain’s most delicious export.

WARNING: Some of these links contain very British ingredients. Also, some measurements are given in (*brace yourselves*) METRIC!

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