Food stylist: Stephana Bottom 
Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Caramel Floats

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
A drizzle of homemade caramel, kissed with bourbon, takes this root beer float to a new level. Store leftover caramel in the refrigerator in a sealed container. You can also use it as a dip for apples or pretzels or spoon it over your favorite flavor of ice cream.


  1. Bring 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until amber. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in 3/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Return to the heat and whisk until smooth; swirl in 2 tablespoons butter. Put 2 scoops vanilla ice cream in each glass and fill with root beer; drizzle with the caramel sauce.