Black Cow (1917) ★★★

Sarsaparilla can be difficult to find nowadays. If you can't, root beer is an acceptable substitute. The flavour will be somewhat different, but it's the same idea.

Use a large Mixing glass with Lump Ice.
2 jiggers of Cream.
1 bottle Sarsaparilla.
Stir well and serve with Straws.

The Verdict:
Mr. Man called this the "anti-float" because it tastes pretty much like a root beer float, except with melted ice cream. The cream makes this really, really rich. Also, it was a lot of milkiness - too much for me. I would probably drink this again if it was with maybe 1 ounce of cream. If you love really creamy floats, I bet you would like this. 

Modernized Recipe:
(Adapted from The Ideal Bartender)

3 ounces CREAM

1. Place the ice cubes in a large glass. Pour in the sarsaparilla and cream.
2. Mix well and serve with straws.

Anje graduated with a Honours Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She currently lives and works in Japan's least populous prefecture as an assistant English teacher.


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