This Week in History

Sunday, August 19, 2007

What's better than ice cream? Ice cream and root beer. On Aug. 19, 1893, Frank Wisner, owner of a soda shop in Colorado, made the first

root beer float. Inspired by the snow-capped Cow Mountain, Wisner called the drink Black Cow Mountain. It later was shortened to Black Cow. One variation of the recipe includes chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Yum!

View all comments that have been posted about this article.

© 2007 The Washington Post Company