International Appeal of the Ice Cream Soda

In Australia and New Zealand, an ice cream soda made with CocaCola or PepsiCola is known as a “spider.” Other spiders are usually

American Root Beer Float

known by their flavour, as a “lime spider” or an “orange spider”.

In Scotland (mainly on the west coast), it is usually referred to as a “float.” “Coke” is often used generically to refer to any cola in the United Kingdom, while “soda” is usually taken to mean soda water.

In Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia it’s called Vaca Negra (Black Cow), while in Puerto Rico is referred to as a “blackout.”

In Alecrim, a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, it’s called “Sputnik”.

In the United States, an “ice cream soda” typically refers to the drink containing soda water, syrup, and ice cream, whereas a “float” is generally ice cream in a soft drink (usually root beer).

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