What Alcohol Does Root Beer Mix with?

  • By: Max S.
  • Date: September 25, 2022
  • Time to read: 6 min.

Alcohol mixed with soda makes a great cocktail. Alcoholic drinks such as rum, bourbon, and whiskey are mixed with coke, sprite, or other soft drinks to produce a nuanced taste. Rum and coke is a classic mixture famous for its easy recipe and sweetness. 

Other classic mixtures like whiskey and ginger ale, as well as gin and juice, have unique tastes that have endeared them to many people over the years.

In mixing alcohol and soda, finding the right soft drink that mixes perfectly with the alcoholic drink matters the most. Like Bonnie and Clyde, yin and yang, and rum and coke, the alcohol should match the soda adequately to obtain an amazing taste. 

Achieving this feat is not always easy. Many tasting experiments have been done, but only a few cocktails have been discovered. The flavor of root beer is special, and its capabilities in cocktails have not been explored enough. 

Bartenders have found that root beer offers a more complex mix than regular soft drinks and advise that when mixing root beer, you should use high-caliber brands for high-caliber alcoholic drinks.

So, what alcohol does root beer mix with? Read on to find out!

What to mix with Root beer?

Rum, vodka, and bourbon mix perfectly with almost any soda, and you can be sure they mix well with root beer. Below are some alcoholic drinks you can mix root beer with.

  • Rum
  • Fireball whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka
  • Jägermeister
  • Kahlua
  • Brandy
  • Tequila

Mixing root beer with these alcoholic drinks is simple, and I will highlight some of the recipes later. Meanwhile, this is not an exhaustive list. Root beer may mix with more alcoholic drinks than what is listed above. You can also read here to find out how root beer and milk make an interesting mixture.

Root Beer and Whiskey

root beer and whiskey cocktail

Root beer mixes excellently with different whiskeys, from bourbon to Canadian whiskey. Although, you may prefer one mix to another. Many people mix their root beer with bourbon and absolutely love it. Others mix theirs with Jagermeister and recommend it to their friends.

A story goes that a popular actor, a die-hard fan of the root beer and whiskey mix, ordered the cocktail at a bar, and when he heard they didn’t have it, he was livid. Many bartenders are tapping into the potential of root beer in mixing with whiskey. According to a bartender in Las Vegas, “root beer is an amazing mixer.”

Making cocktails at home allows you to experiment with other ingredients. Caramel ice cream floats are an amazing topping to the root beer and whiskey mix. So, when you make your next cocktail, you could try adding an ice cream float to the mix.

Thank me later!

Jameson and Root beer

Jameson Irish whiskey and root beer make a perfect match. To create this cocktail, follow these steps:


  • 1 part Jameson caskmates stout edition
  • 1/4 vanilla syrup
  • 4 parts root beer


  • Combine Jameson caskmates stout edition and vanilla syrup in a glass
  • Shake over ice
  • Top with root beer
  • Enjoy!

Root beer and Jack Daniels

The combination of Jack Daniels and Coke is great, but what about Jack Daniels and root beer?

Jack Daniels whiskey mixed with root beer produces a sweet and spicy taste with obvious corn notes from the whiskey. It is an easy substitute for the jack-and-coke mix, and root beer fans say it’s even better.

The intense flavor of root beer takes the edge off the whiskey, resulting in a mild mix that people love. To create this cocktail, follow these steps:


  • 2 ounces of Jack Daniels
  • 10 ounces of Root Beer


  • Pour the jack daniels over ice in a glass
  • Add the root beer
  • Stir and serve

Root Beer and Rum

Root beer and rum cocktail takes advantage of the vanilla flavor taste the two drinks share. Root beer is best combined with spiced rum, which complements the lightness of the soft drink.

This cocktail lightens the mood, making them appropriate for parties or fun gatherings. Using these steps, you can make your rum and root beer cocktail at home.


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup
  • 1.5 ounces rum
  • 4 ounces of root beer
  • Orange peel
  • Ice 


  • Add vanilla and syrup to a glass and stir well
  • Add ice
  • Top with root beer and orange peel

Root Beer and Captain Morgan

root beer and captain morgan float

This mix is also known as the Chewbacca cocktail. It is a simple and easy drink that combines Captain Morgan spiced rum with root beer. This cocktail has no bad reviews and may become your favorite drink once you taste it. Below are the ingredients and the method for making this cocktail.


  • 2 ounces Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 4 ounces of root beer
  • Ice


  • Mix over ice
  • Serve and enjoy!

Root Beer and Vodka

Vodka tastes right when mixed with almost any soda, and its combination with root beer is one of the best. This sweet and tasty combination allows the root beer to shine without taming the burn of the vodka. You can make this cocktail at home using the method below.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces of root beer
  • Orange peel


  • Pour vodka into an ice-filled glass and add root beer
  • Stir slowly 
  • Garnish with orange peel and serve

Root Beer Float Cocktail

With a supply of vodka, Kahlua, cream, and root beer, you can make a tasty root beer float cocktail that tastes just like root beer.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • Cream
  • Root beer


  • Add vodka and Kahlua to an ice-filled glass.
  • Fill to 2 or 3 inches with cream and top off with coke
  • Use a shaker to achieve a foamy effect

Root Beer and Tequila

root beer and whiskey mixed drink

A tequila sunrise cocktail is an outstanding combination of tequila and big red, but a mixture of root beer and tequila, also known as seňor root beer, may even be better.


  • 2 oz Tequila 
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 12 oz Root Beer 
  • 1 Lime wedge garnish 
  • Salted rim (optional)


  • Pour 2 oz of tequila and 1 oz of lime juice into an ice-filled glass (salt the rim if you want).
  • Slowly top off the glass with root beer 
  • Stir with a bar spoon.
  • Add a lime wedge to the rim of your glass, and enjoy!

Root Beer and Fireball

Fireball whiskey adds its signature bite to this cocktail. Whiskey and root beer combination is popular in bars and clubs. All you need to do is mix one part of fireball whiskey and one part of root beer over ice in a glass to get this amazing drink.

Gin and Root Beer

Gin mixes with root beer to form different cocktails, such as gin root beer float, gin root beer expresso, gin root beer hot chocolate, gin and tonic with root beer, and root beer fizz cocktail. To make a root beer fizz cocktail, follow these steps:


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 oz root beer


  • Add the gin, lemon juice, and sugar to a shaker and shake properly.
  • Add the mix to a glass almost filled with ice.
  • Add the root beer, and enjoy!

Jager and Root Beer

root beer and jager mixed drink
Jager and Root Beer

Jagermeister is a traditional german liquor that mixes almost too well with root beer. The thick and deep flavor of the herbal liqueur gives the cocktail a gingery taste. You should try this out!

Root Beer Kahlua

This cocktail is made from Kahlua coffee liqueur and root beer. It is made by mixing root beer and Kahlua over ice in a highball glass. Kahlua is also used to make the famous root beer white Russian.


Root beer can be mixed with different alcohols, including rum, whiskey, Kahlua, Jagermeister, and gin, among others, to create cocktails with unique and sweet tastes. 

You should try as many as you can. This will switch up your cocktail game.