Each year on August 6, people around the country order (or make) a root beer float, drink up, enjoy and celebrate National Root Beer Float Day. Root beer floats are NOT just for kids !
Also known as the “Black Cow” a root beer float is made up of root beer and vanilla ice cream.
A little bit of ‘Black Cow’ history –
*Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the “Black Cow” way back in August of 1893.
*How the ‘Black Cow’ originated ~ one night, as Wisner, who was the owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters that was he was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek, he came upon an idea. As the full moon that night that was shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain, it reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He then hurried back to his bar and added a scoop to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red root beer, tried it, liked it and served it the very next day. It was a huge hit, as you can imagine!
*Wisner named the new creation, “Black Cow Mountain” but the local children shortened the name to ‘Black Cow’.
In honor of our service members past, present and future, join A&W Root Beer as they offer free small Root Beer Floats on August 6th ~ while accepting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project….
Tomorrow, head over to an A&W near you and help our Wounded Warriors ~ or make one at home with family and friends and enjoy a Black Cow!!!