Sonic Root Beer Freeze

We have all had shakes, but you may have never tried a Root Beer Freeze. You might ask yourself what a freeze is. Well, a freeze is mixing up soda and ice cream instead of ice cream and milk to make for a delightfully sweet treat.

Sonic has lots of delicious food and drinks. A root beer freeze is one of the top frozen drinks. Don’t miss out on other Sonic recipes.

a root beer freeze drink in a glass

We all enjoy shakes, but you may never have tried a freeze and you might not know what a freeze is. Well, a freeze is made by mixing soda and ice cream instead of milk and ice cream to make a shake. Sonic makes a host of delicious drink recipes. Now you can make your own Sonic Root Beer Freeze at home with this copycat recipe.

I can’t tell you how many of these freezes I enjoyed when I was in high school. On a Friday night, it was important to hang out at the local Sonic drive-in and circle the drive as many times as possible. We would spend the evening drinking freezes and enjoying many orders of Sonic Onion Rings. While I may not cruise Sonic anymore, I still enjoy a root beer freeze, which is one of the best drinks at Sonic.

  • What’s the Difference Between a Root Beer Freeze and a Root Beer Float? Unlike in a freeze, in a float you don’t mix the ice cream and soda together. Watch this video to see how to make an ice cream float.

You can turn any soda into a freeze. When I was in high school, I worked at a Dairy Queen, and many people ordered freezes. Root beer freezes were our most popular drink, quickly followed by Coke freezes.

  • Quick tip on mixing up a freeze – go slow with your blender. The carbonation can make the blending of the ice cream and soda to slosh a little more than a shake would.

You Don’t Have to Stop at Just Root Beer

You can make freezes with Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, or any other favorite soda. Dr. Pepper Cherry Freeze has always had a special place in my heart. Here are some freeze ideas from my readers (many thanks!).

  • Nehi Orange or Orange Crush and vanilla ice cream.
  • Green River and vanilla ice cream.
  • A&W Cream Soda with French vanilla ice cream.
  • Use chocolate ice cream with your soda. For example, 1 to 2 cups Dutch chocolate ice cream and 12 oz. Cherry Pepsi or Cherry Dr. Pepper.
  • Dr. Pepper and Breyers Coffee Ice Cream.
  • Instead of soda, use Libby’s fruit nectars like peach, pear nectar, or pineapple.

Sonic Root Beer Freeze

I can’t tell you how many of these I enjoyed when I was in high school. On a Friday night, it was important to hang out at the local Sonic Drive Inn and circle the drive-in as many times as you possibly could.

Root Beer Freezes were our most popular drink, quickly followed by a Coke freeze.

Ingredients

Here is what you need to make a root beer freeze:

  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Sonic root beer freeze ingredients

How to Make a Root Beer Freeze

Simply place both ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.

I would like to give you a quick tip on mixing these up. Go slow with your blender, the carbonation can make the blending of the ice cream and soda to slosh a little more than a shake would.

homemade Sonic root beer freeze in a glass

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a root beer freeze drink in a glass

Sonic Root Beer Freeze

Make your own Sonic Root Beer Freeze at home with this copycat recipe. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fast Food Recipe, Sonic Recipes
Servings: 1
Calories: 594kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice cream
  • 1/2 cup root beer

Instructions

  • Place both the ice cream and the root beer into a blender, and mix for about 30 seconds on puree.
  • It's important to start slow with your blender to avoid marking your freeze too slushy.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

You don't have to stop at just root beer. You can make this with Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, or any other soda you may like. You can also add flavorings if you desire. A Cherry Dr. Pepper Freeze has always had a special place in my heart.

Nutrition

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 1110IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Marlene

    This is not a Sonic invention. I’ve been making these since 1976, but we called it a rootbeer shake. I had previously always mashed the ice cream into the soda when I had a float. So when I was waitressing at a truckstop, I decided to try blending my root beer float. My coworkers thought it was wierd until they tried it! I had never heard of a sonic until about 10 years ago. I have since made them with several flavors of soda.

  2. Chris Hansley

    Orange Crush or Nehi Orange and vanilla ice cream tastes like a “dreamsicle ice cream bar.”
    Green River and vanilla ice cream is really good too.
    You can also use fruit nectar juices like Libby. My Mom made shakes and freezes with Peach or Pear nectar. She’d sometimes use Pineapple juice too.
    So many options if one just uses their imagination.

  3. Chris Hansley

    We use a good French Vanilla ice cream with A & W Cream Soda. You can use other cream sodas but we find A & W is best. We call A & W Cream Soda the ADULT Cream Soda. Packs a lot of flavor.

  4. Chilis Menu

    Mmmm good! You have seriously inspired me to head tot he store. Grab some root beer and make some root beer freezes. Who am I kidding I might end up passing a Sonic and have to drop in for a minute. Thanks.

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