Root Beer Float
This Root Beer Float for adults is made with 3 Olives Root Beer Vodka. Photo courtesy of District Bar, Chicago.



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October 2009

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A Rockin’ Root Beer Float

Start With 3 Olives Root Beer Vodka


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you root beer vodka, however, you’ve got to make a root beer float cocktail.

The makers of Three Olives Vodka seem to want to turn every flavor into a distilled spirit (we’re waiting for cupcake vodka). The Root Beer Vodka, though clear in color, Three Olives Root Beer Vodkadoes taste remarkably like a fusion of vodka root beer—a 70 proof root beer.

If you’re a mixologist, what do you do? Mix away! In Chicago, District Bar offers patrons this Root Beer Float:

Vodka Root Beer Float Recipe


Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 ounces Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish: Cherry Pop Rocks, maraschino cherry* or
  • Ice

*We recommend Tillen Farms all-natural maraschino cherries.


  1. Coat the rim of a rocks glass with whipped cream. If using Pop Rocks, add to rim. (You can do both easily by putting the ingredients on flat plates and dipping the glass rim first in the whipped cream, then in the Pop Rocks.)
  2. Add vodka and amaretto to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until outside of shaker is beaded with sweat.
  3. Strain into rocks glass and garnish as desired with maraschino cherry or Cholive.


What’s A Cholive?


A cholive is Cholive is a 55% cacao chocolate cocktail accessory crafted in the shape of an olive. The shell is filled with chocolate ganache.

Cholives are solid with disposable cocktail picks, so you can anchor the cholive to a cocktail. They’re a wow of a garnish for chocolate martinis, espressotinis and root beer floats.

Find out more about Cholives at

  CholivePhoto courtesy of The Cholive.



Recipe © District Bar. All other materials