Hard Root Beer Fireball Float

Get your inner child drunk with a Hard Root Beer Fireball Float! This dessert cocktail is made with hard root beer, fireball whiskey, and a scoop or two of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Hard Root Beer Fireball Float

You Know What I Never Got To Do As a Little Kid? Get Drunk!

HA! Yeah! Well at least we can get your inner child drunk! Today we are making root beer floats. But not just any root beer float, a hard root beer float!

Wait They Make Hard Root Beer?

YES! They do. So hard root beer is a recent thing. It’s only really been available in stores since the summer. So far, I’ve seen 2 breweries that make it; Small Town Brewery has their “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” and New York City’s Coney Island Brewing Company has their own Hard Root Beer. Fun fact: Coney Island is neither cone-shaped, nor an island. It’s true, google it.

Awesome! What Does It Taste Like?

Well, actually, it tastes just like root beer, really good root beer. Since it’s alcoholic it’s got a little bit of an after bite. So, one night, I was on Facebook and a friend of mine said, “OMG root beer floats are so good with fireball!” You guys know fireball right?

Fireball? Never Heard Of It!

Fireball is basically cinnamon flavored whiskey. Fireball shots burn so good! What’s interesting is the cinnamon in Fireball really compliments the vanilla in the ice cream and root beer. It also is 66 proof which is good because honestly the root beer isn’t the strongest.

Alright! Let’s Make A Hard Root Beer Fireball Float!

It’s actually fairly simple to do. First thing’s first, we need soda fountain glasses! You can get them anywhere, and I bought the one in the photo at the dollar store! You can also get them on Amazon. They hold about 8 ounces so you are going to need 2. Besides, this drink is best enjoyed with a friend anyway! So start by cracking open a hard root beer. I used the Coney Island Brewing Company’s but either will do. Hold a pitcher or large measuring cup on and angle and gently pour the root beer into it. If you hold the cup at an angle prevents you from losing to many bubbles in the pouring process. Next, add 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of Fireball and stir gently. Pour equal amounts into each soda fountain glass and top off with 1 or 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Serve with a crazy straw, because you are never too old for a crazy straw!

UPDATE: After some time testing out different hard root beers, I’ve come to the conclusion that Not Your Father’s Root Beer is the best.

This recipe requires a little something special. Here’s a list of what you will need:

Hard Root Beer Fireball Float

Get Your Inner Child Drunk
Course Cocktails, Dessert
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 2 Floats
Author Matt Cetta


  • 12 Oz Bottle of Hard Root Beer
  • 2 Ounces Fireball Whiskey
  • 2-4 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Pour hard root beer into a pitcher or large measuring cup
  2. Add Fireball and stir gently
  3. Pour into a soda fountain glass or a stein and drop in a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

  4. Serve with a crazy straw

Recipe Notes

Ok the crazy straw is optional but you are never too old for a crazy straw.

*Nutrition information is an estimate

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27 comments on “Hard Root Beer Fireball Float

  1. Yes, please! I keep hearing about hard root beer, but haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet. What a great adult adaptation on a classic (and a reason to go dig out my crazy straws!).

  2. I have never heard of hard root beer. This sounds very tasty and a little dangerous because I might want 2 of them 🙂

  3. This looks ridiculously awesome. And I love it. {Can I also add how much I love that you have your favorite music highlighted on your website?}

  4. This ain’t your grandpa’s root beer! Love the idea, but I agree, why couldn’t you drink two yourself?:)

    • You can and you may! Use a large stein, fair warning…you’ll be sloshed.

  5. These look dangerous! The kind of drink you’d have to watch out, before you know it you’d definitely be drunk! I’ll have to over drink a few myself, thanks!

  6. I have NEVER heard of hard root beer…really!! Have never seen it in Canada…but hopefully one day since it my fav flavour of soda!!

  7. Its a sign when we bought the fireball just last night and no idea what we were going to make with it and today I see this post right? What a fun idea!!

  8. I am a huge fan of root beer but the hard root beers have a licorice flavor to them that I do not like one bit unfortunately. However not your fathers root beer is awesome but I guess technically it is not hard root beer, but rather beer spiced to taste like root beer. I think not your fathers tastes more like root beer than every hard root beer I’ve ever tried. But I would still like to try this.

    • Erin, I’ve yet to try Not Your Father’s! but its cool if it has a licorice flavor. I like licorice!

  9. The swirly straw is the best part, hello childhood!!!

  10. I had a hard root beer float over the summer – umm it was AMAZING. But now you added fireball whiskey?! You’re killing me!

  11. I’ve never heard of fireball whiskey, I bet that cinnamon tastes great with the root beer. My husband is a root beer lover, I’ll have to make this for him!

  12. This is so smart! What a creative and cute post. Bravo!

  13. I am always looking for more reasons to buy hard root beer and fireball. Thank you 😉

  14. I just started drinking hard root beer this summer and it is awesome – never thought to kick things up with fireball, but would make a great party drink!

  15. Last summer my husband and I went on vacation and everyone around us was ordering fireball. I’m not exactly a light weight but I passed. Now, if they told me they could make a cocktail like this with it I would have been all over it!

  16. I don’t even know what to do with this….other than go home and make one, or two, right away! LOVE it!!

  17. Oh. Yeah. I’ve been eyeing the hard root beer…coming very close to buying it. I think I’ll have to give in next time. And the addition of fireball sounds pretty fun, but I have a hard time drinking cinnamon liqueur. I’d give it the old college try though, for sure.

    • Heather! You should! Tastes just like root beer!

  18. Hmmm, I don’t have any words to describe how seriously amazing this is!! And great music choices!

  19. This looks ridiculously good! Want!

    • 😉

  20. What a fun way to get drunk 😉 Love the addition of Fireball!

  21. Grown-up root beer float, yes please!

  22. I could totally drink this every single day…so good!

  23. Seeing that the hubs love root beer – I’ll be needing to try this adult version for him!

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