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Root Beer Ice Cream

Everyone makes ice cream floats with vanilla ice cream. What about making your own root beer flavored ice cream?

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make root beer flavored ice cream, root beer ice cream, root beer ice cream recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill 1 day
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 222 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons root beer extract*


  1. In a medium size sauce pan, combine milk and cream.  Bring to a low simmer.  In a large mixing bowl beat egg yolks.  Slowly add in sugar.  Beat until mixture is light yellow and thick.  Slowly pour hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture beating constantly.  Return to pan; add salt and cook over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoons. Remove from heat.  Add vanilla and root beer extract.  Pour into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cool.  2-4 hours.  I prefer overnight.  Makes 1 1/2 quarts.
  2. Pour chilled mixture into an ice cream maker.  Freeze according to manufacturers directions.  Pour into a container and return to freezer.  Freeze until firm.
  3. For root beer floats:  Scoop ice cream into tall glasses.  Pour chilled root beer over ice cream.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*If root beer extract is not available, reduce 12 oz root beer by simmering over low heat.  Reduce liquid to 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts
Root Beer Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.