Root Beer Recipe From Scratch

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Nov. 20, 2019

Our Root Beer Recipe From Scratch - can be naturally fermented or naturally carbonated (a real root beer with alcohol), or as a sweet soda pop syrup that you mix with carbonated water. This is a traditional base recipe, there are so many ways to make this taste like you want it.


Syrup and making:
Water 1 Liter
Fresh ginger 35 Gram
Cinnamon stick 5 Gram
Dried sassafras root bark 20 Gram
Dried sarsaparilla root 10 Gram
Dried liquorice root 10 Gram
Dried cherry bark 7 Gram
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Brown sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Demerera)
Lactose 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (optional)
Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
Active ginger bug To Taste (optional, for natural carbonation)



For Syrup:

1, Bring 1L water, chopped ginger, and cinnamon to a boil.

Boil for 2-3 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add: sassafras, sarsaparilla root, cherry bark, liquorice root.

3. Cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.

4. Using a coffee filter strain solids out of root-infused liquid.

5. Quickly cool liquid, so any fine particulate will 'drop out'.

6. Carefully transfer cooled liquid to a pot - leaving behind any 'sludge'.

7. Add, brown sugar, lactose (if using) and salt, whisk and bring to a simmer to dissolve sugar.

8. Cool and add vanilla extract.

9. This root beer syrup can be mixed 1 part syrup to 3 parts carbonated water for a 'non-alcoholic' root beer.

For Making naturally carbonated root beer:

10. Pour into pressure safe bottles, filling to within 2" of top but no higher.

11. Cap and set aside at room temperature to let ferment for 2-3 days.

13. Check fermentation - then chill / store in refrigerator.



14. Serve and Enjoy!

Other possible Root beer ingredients:


Birch Bark


Burdock root

Dandelion root

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy