The delicious flavor of a root beer float made with homemade root beer is blended together to make this delicious root beer milkshake.
Ice cream and summer go hand in hand at our house. And this summer we will be making a lot of root beer whirl’s at our house. Root beer whirls are one of those childhood food memories for me. It is all of the flavor of homemade root beer floats, but in the form of a root beer milk shake. Sometimes it is called a root beer freeze, but since our local drive in my hometown called them a root beer whirl so do I. And no matter what you call them, they are delicious!
In order to duplicate that homemade root beer flavor I have a little secret ingredient in my root beer milkshake. Most people make them out of root beer and ice cream, but that never has quite enough root beer flavor for me.
The secret ingredient? Root beer extract. It’s the stuff you use to make homemade root beer. I only added in just a bit, 1/2 tsp. But it gives that root beer whirl just the right flavor I remember from my childhood! Of course, a good quality root beer also helps.
Root beer extract is available on the baking aisle with all the other extracts. Not all grocery stores carry it. But keep looking if the first store you check doesn’t have it. It is so worth it! Makes a huge difference in the flavor of your root beer milkshake.
Whether you call it a root beer milkshake, a root beer freeze, or a root beer whirl all you need is some ice cream. I use vanilla bean (thus the little black flecks in my root beer whirl). Some good quality root beer and some root beer extract. Just blend it all up for a delicious summertime treat!
For some other frosty summer time treats try these:
Root Beer Milkshake Recipe