Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Perfect Root Beer Float

This is John Morris, our dad:

When he was a teenager, my dad worked in a soda shop, making him a "Soda Jerk." While he was there, he gained a deep and abiding belief that there is only ONE correct way to make a root beer float. You would think that with only two ingredients, a root beer float would be pretty simple, and that it wouldn't really matter which way or in what order you mixed them...but, nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps I have just been raised with my dad's biases, but there is no doubt in my mind that his method makes THE BEST float.

This is also John Morris, the oldest Morris brother. He's laughing at all the poor souls who don't make their root beer floats in the approved method. (Actually, he was just being silly for the camera; he's just like that.)

This is yet another John Morris, John's son. Here he can be seen enjoying his root beer float in the tradition manner of children: through a straw.

The appropriate method:

1) Put just a little bit of root beer and just a little bit of ice cream in the bottom of the cup. Mix them together.
2) Repeat the above. Seriously, just a little bit. You really don't need too much yet.
3) Add the ice cream, almost as much as you think you'll want.
4) Add the root beer that you'll want. Stir gently, but don't mix the two.
5) Add just a bit more ice cream for the top.

Yeah, it takes more time, but it is worth it.

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