This Surprising Trick Will Make Your Root Beer Float Taste Even Better

Let's be honest, root beer and vanilla ice cream by themselves are mediocre at best. But put the two together, and you have yourself a delicious American classic. Something about the fizziness of the soda combined with the creaminess of the ice cream, all wrapped up in the rich vanilla and the distinct flavor of the root beer, just makes for such a tasty drink. 

Considering how basic its components are, it's hard to imagine there being a way to upgrade a root beer float without ruining its simplicity. But according to Sugar and Soul, there happens to be one trick that never misses: Before pouring the root beer into the glass, let the glass sit in the freezer. In about 10 to 20 minutes, it'll be the perfect temperature for a root beer float. Chilling the glass beforehand makes the drink even frostier, ultimately taking your root beer drinking experience to the next level. That's more than a dollop of whipped cream on top can do.

Why root beer floats taste even better in a chilled glass

There's no denying that a root beer float tastes the best upon the first sip. By the time you make it to the bottom of the glass, the drink loses its appeal and its frothiness. But when it's freshly made, it still has that perfect ratio of root beer to ice cream, and most importantly, it's still cold, which somehow makes it taste better.

The reason for this, Science Focus explains, is that whenever you take a drink of anything, the physical action sends signals to your brain, informing you that you're being hydrated. When the drink is significantly hotter or colder than your body temperature, these signals are heightened. As a result, not only is your thirst quenched, you feel a lot more satiated. Root beer and vanilla ice cream already taste best when consumed cold, so when you make them even colder by using a chilled glass, you end up satisfying both your taste buds and your brain.