Homemade Root Beer Recipe

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Have you ever wondered how to make 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. Learn how to make a delicious homemade root beer with this simple recipe.

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.

Top view of a jar of root beer with ice

What?s in Homemade Root Beer?

The primary flavor that you will recognize 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 in the recipes that I thought would taste good together. I?ve made it many times now and I think it is perfect!

How to Make Root Beer

Ingredients:

  • 4 ? cups water
  • 1 large thumb of thinly sliced fresh ginger root
  • 2 ? tbsp
  • 2 ? tbsp
  • 2 ?  tbsp
  • 1 ?  tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1
  • 4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp

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

Make it!

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 heat setting for another 30 minutes until mixture is a bit thicker and syrupy. Strain out all the bits then cool.

how to make root beer with homemade ingredients

Mix 1/2 cup chilled syrup with 1 ? 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 flavors mixed together and a creamy mouth feel.

Homemade Root Beer Recipe in a jar with star anise pods in front

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 shipping returns times than I should!
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Homemade Root Beer Recipe

How to Make Root Beer

This homemade root beer recipe is one of the most delicious drinks you'll ever taste!
Keyword: root beer

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 large thumb thinly sliced fresh ginger root
  • 2 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 1/2 tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1
  • 4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp

Instructions

  • Set aside sugar and vanilla, and combine all other ingredients together in a saucepan. Simmer together for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the vanilla and sugar until dissolved. Simmer again for another 30 minutes until the mixture is thicker and has the consistency of syrup.
  • Strain out the mixture into a jar or container, then let cool.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of chilled seltzer water into a glass, then mix in 1/2 cup of chilled syrup. Make sure both are chilled for the most fizz possible.
  • Sip and enjoy!

 

 

 

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A Note About Safety and Essential Oils in Homemade Skincare

All homemade recipes should be spot tested on your body before use. While the ingredients are ?natural? and come from plants, plants are powerful. Some people could have adverse reactions to one or more of the ingredients in any home made recipe. This recipe contains a few essential oils that are warming to skin. These ?hot? oils are more prone to cause a reaction in some people. They should be diluted and never applied directly to skin. Test a small amount of the completed recipe on the inside of your elbow and wait for 24 hours to see if any redness or rashes appear. Read more about using essential oils safely .

Chai Spice Lip Balm Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 12 tubes

  • 4 tbsp 
  • 4 tsp 
  • 1 tsp 
  • 4 drops
  • 2 drops 
  • 1 drops
  • 1 drops
  • Optional ? tsp

Make it!

Melt the oil and waxes in a double boiler. Remove from heat, add essential oils and blend well. If you want your lip balm to have a little color to it, add the optional cocoa powder at the same time as the essential oils (without the cocoa it will be a natural creamy color). Keep stirring as you pour the lip balm into tubes as the cocoa will settle quickly. Leave untouched to set.

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