Homemade Root Beer Recipe

Homemade Root Beer Recipe

Have you ever wondered what the flavour is in root beer? Or why it’s called root beer? Well those little mysteries are unraveled for us: root beer is made of a complex combination of different roots. Supposedly root beer was originally invented by Charles Hires, a pharmacist who made many tonics from various roots and teas for health reasons. He made version that was sold with the promise of purifying the blood and making cheeks rosy.

How to Make Homemade Root Beer Recipe

The primary flavour that you will recognize in root beer is sassafras but many other roots come into play to make the famous beverage like sarsaparilla, birch, wintergreen, licorice and burdock. In learning that root beer is just a combination of different roots, I was inspired to try my own version with ingredients found across the recipes that I thought would taste good together. I’ve made it twice now and I really like the flavour.

Dried Sassafras, Sarsparilla, Burdock, Star Anise Ingredients for Homemade Root Beer

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 1 large thumb of thinly sliced fresh ginger root
  • 2 ½ tbsp sarsaparilla
  • 2 ½ tbsp sassafras
  • 2 ½  tbsp licorice root
  • 1 ½  tbsp burdock root
  • 1 tbsp dried mint leaves
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes.  Stir in the sugar and vanilla until dissolved. Simmer on lowest hear setting for another 30 minutes until mixture is a bit thicker and syrupy. Strain out all the bits then cool.

Mix 1/2 cup chilled syrup with 1 ½ cups soda water (seltzer).  Make sure that both the seltzer and the syrup are chilled as it’s the difference in temperature that causes the eruption of fizz up and over your glass.  Also add syrup to soda, not the other way around. I found the final drink to be incredibly flavourful, with all the complexity you would expect from having such diverse flavours mixed together and a creamy mouth feel.

Natural Root Beer in a mason jar glass

 I like that I can add as much or as little syrup as I want and control the sweetness.  Particularly when making a root beer float which I have now done more times than I should!

Homemade Root Beer Float

 

About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Tom
    TomJune 26,13

    Super cool, I’m going to try this out :)

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 26,13

    Be careful Tom, it’s addictive!

  3. Laurie
    LaurieFebruary 10,14

    This is a must try recipe!

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  4. Deb
    DebMay 8,14

    Is it possible to use Honey instead of Brown Sugar?

  5. Stephanie
    StephanieMay 8,14

    Go for it, Deb. Let us know how it turns out.

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