Root Beer Float With a Kentucky Twist

October 3, 2016

bourbon cream buffalo trace

You may remember me mentioning Buffalo Trace, when I visited the distillery a few weeks ago. To refresh your memory, Buffalo Trace is one of the many bourbon distilleries in Central Kentucky. Buffalo Trace is located in Frankfort, Kentucky, and has historically been known by other names, such as the George T. Stagg Distillery and the O.F.C. Distillery. Buffalo Trace claims the distillery is the oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States.

At the end of our tour that we had at Buffalo Trace, we had a tasting, as there is at all distilleries once the tours are finished. During the tasting, we tried Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Bourbon Cream. I’m usually not a fan of cream-based and milk-based alcoholic beverages, but since the opportunity presented itself for me to try it, I wasn’t going to turn it down. That just would’ve been silly. While at Buffalo Trace, we got to try it straight, plus they had root beer for us to mix in with our Bourbon Cream. Well, once I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. So much so, that when we went to Liquor Barn that night we bought a bottle. So later, we made a root beer float with a Kentucky twist!

Here’s a little bit about Bourbon Cream:

“Bourbon Cream is handcrafted using Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, making it a perfect marriage of rich delicious cream and smooth Kentucky bourbon.”

Bourbon Cream is not a bourbon, despite it having bourbon in its name; it’s a liqueur (To know what makes bourbon, bourbon, you can check out my post: here). A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with things, such as; cream, fruit, spices, flowers, etc and bottled with added sugar or other sweeteners. Bourbon Cream is only 30 proof, which is 15% ABV, so it isn’t very strong at all. In comparison, Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon is 90 proof (45% ABV).




  • 2 oz  Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream
  • 4 oz root beer



  • Combine in glass and serve.
  • For extra richness, pour over 1 scoop vanilla ice-cream.

*These measurements are just a guideline, feel free to make it to your own tastes


More ideas for Bourbon Cream:

  • Enjoy it chilled
  • Enjoy it on the rocks
  • Pour it in a cup of coffee
  • Pour it over vanilla ice cream
  • Put it in some hot chocolate


  • The Adored Life October 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Yummm!!! This sounds delicious!
    The Adored Life

  • Esme Sy October 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Mm, this looks and sounds delicious! I rarely drink, but this one is a must try.

  • Karen Yannacio Morse October 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Gah! This looks so frickin’ amazing that I cant even handle it! I love root beer floats and this extra bit of bourbon just makes it that much more delish!

  • Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps October 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Did you shoot some of this stuff on the floor?! Must have been interesting enjoying that float down there… lol.

    • Whitney @ Fabulous in Fayette October 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Yep, I took the photos on the floor. We don’t have much available counter space. I didn’t drink it on the floor hahah!

  • Rachel Zampanti Langer October 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Oh. My . Goodness. I feel like I not only need to make these right now, but I also need to invite all my friends over. Like right now! These look delicious.

  • Christine Cox October 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I never even thought to make my root beer floats into an adult beverage! I bet it is delish! Will have to pick some bourbon up next time I am at the store.

  • Terri Steffes October 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    You are now officially my BFF. I can honestly say that since you must have known that A & W rootbeer is my all time favorite.

    • Whitney @ Fabulous in Fayette October 12, 2016 at 1:02 am

      🙂 Did you know the national headquarters is in Lexington, KY, where I live? We are also the first place to have their new concept restaurants!

  • Carolyn Fennell October 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I have never heard of bourbon cream. I would love this drink. I love Kahlua and creams so I am sure I would saver this as well.

  • Debra Hawkins October 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    We love Rootbeer floats but don’t drink at our house so this wouldn’t work for us but I am sure others will love it.

  • Taylor Smith October 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I love root beer floats but hubby and I don’t drink! I am sure there are lots of other who would enjoy this drink though.

  • Charlotte October 4, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I’ve never had a root beer float before, but this looks delicious! I’ll have to give this a go!

  • Kerrie Wallace October 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Bradshaw October 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I think my husband would think this is the greatest thing ever. I will have to make it for him!

  • Katie Arnold October 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    whoa…this would be amazing!!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace October 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    This looks amazing! I love bourbon and I’m going to need to try this!

  • Amanda Love October 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    This is something that I’ve had before and it’s really good as well. I like how easy it is to make, it’s my kind of drink!

  • Positively Stacey October 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I have never had a root beer float like this before, but I’m sure it would be a delicious drink! I’ll have to try this out!

  • Jessica Hughes October 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Yum! My hubby would love this!

  • Heather October 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Oh yes, this is something my hubby would love. I also love Root Beer Floats, so maybe I would love it too! Will have to think about trying it – I’m not very adventurous when it comes to alcohol 🙂

  • Rachel Catherine October 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Oh that sounds tasty! It’s like the perfect drink for an adult movie party or something.

  • Maria - Tough Cookie Mommy October 4, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    This sounds like such a creamy and delicious drink. It’s perfect for date night or an adult night with friends or family.

  • Teresa | Simply Made Fun October 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I love root beer floats and this sounds like a float I’d like to try! It looks creamy and delicious!

  • Danity Donnaly October 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    That sounds like a twist I am willing to try. Sounds and looks delicious! Amber N

  • Ellie Augustin October 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    OHH this looks so good and I’m not one who likes alcohol might be worth a try.

  • Brittany Muddamalle October 5, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I think if officially the only way Ill get my husband to drink root beer floats! I love them but he never has. I have a feeling he’d LOVE this!

  • Ana De Jesus October 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    This looks like the kind of drink I need to get me through life lol. It looks so good and I do like floats as well xx

  • Angela Campos October 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Yum! I love this adult version of a rooter float 🙂 I may have to have this for dessert tonight!!

  • Pack Your Baguios October 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Yum! I love root beer float and this “adult” version looks divine! Will be trying this coming weekend.

  • Greta Hollar October 5, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I love grown up root beer floats! They’re the best!

    Greta |

  • Shem Hooda October 6, 2016 at 12:42 am

    This looks so freakin’ amazing! I’m a sucker for root beer floats every time I visit the A&W in Dallas, Texas so I’m definitely going to have to try this out at home sometime. Great photos, too. <3

  • Ana Marino October 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I am not a fan of floats. BUT, I am 100% sure my brother would love this! He loves coke floats, so I’m pretty sure the root beer float would be a great fit for him!

  • Becca Wilson October 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. This is our fav root beer so it would be perfect.

  • jillconyers October 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Not being a big fan of sweets I’ve never tried a float. Surely I can’t be the only one.

  • Whitney @ Fabulous in Fayette October 12, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Yay!! Heheh 🙂

  • Jena Proctor October 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    This looks like a great adult treat! My husband loves bourbon and this would be a nice dessert drink. I can’t wait to try this!

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