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The ultimate Guide on how to make root beer

The ultimate Guide on how to make root beer

The ultimate Guide on how to make root beer

Homemade root beer:

Here is a throwback to an old-fashioned American classic. It contains all the healthy herbal extracts. This root beer we will tell you to make will be an instant hit at gatherings and parties. You can also enjoy this seasonal treat for yourself all year round but especially in autumnal season.

Its brown orange ombre reminds of falling leaves and cinnamon and dandelions swaying in the gentle breeze. It smells of Once you are done reading this 4-minute detailed article, you will be a root bear at making this at home. See what I did there, root bear (wiggles eyebrows).

What is root beer

What is root beer

It is an American drink that dates back to colonists. These were used to brew beer back in Britin but when they arrived in America, they didn’t have any wheat, barley or grains to ferment. So, they were like *(Imitates thick British accent): Hey, what would we do without our daily dose of beer? One was like: We need to improvise.

They scoured the surroundings and collected natural ingredients like bark, berries, flowers, herbs, and roots! They added sugar or molasses and used yeast fermentation to create a naturally bubbly, probiotic soft drink.

Back in the days, root beer was slightly sweetened, pure herbal and nutritious. In 20th century, soft drink companies started making the flavor from artificial ingredients and even carbonated it. The traditional herbal recipe became slightly un popular. But no worries folks that why we are here.

If we state it simply, making root bear breaks down to only three steps:

The herbal decoction is simmered (not boiled) in water until the water has absorbed all the goodness and aroma of herbs. Then it is sweetened with sugar or molasses and a starter culture is added so it can undergo fermentation. Then this concoction is bottled airtight. After 2-5 days the bacteria consume the sugar and *tadaaaaaan fizz and bubbles and cheers.


The dichotomy of recipes:

The dichotomy of recipes:

Well in different regions many people make their own customized root beers. But typically, there are two types, sort of.

Root beer with herbs and root beer with artificial extracts.

In the herbal one, dried roots and barks are used. It is healthy and has all the medicinal properties of used herbs. The alcohol level is also very low.

In the extract one, the original and beneficial ingredients are substituted with new, artificial ones. There is HCFS (High fructose corn syrup) and then there is caffeine. The first has a direct link to diabetes and obesity and the later creates disturbances in sleep pattern, irritability, anxiety, depression, and addition. They might have longer shelf life, but it'll definitely shorten years. Well the point is, the more natural it is the more beneficial.

Herbs and benefits:

Herbs and benefits:

What would this read be without some goodness. We will be talking about 5 principle herbs in this recipe with all having traditional and proven health benefits in your homemade root beer.

Sassafras is North American ingredient. In the 1960s, researchers found that high doses of this ingredient were carcinogenic and boom, FDA banned its commercial use. But did you read “high dosages”, yeah that’s right high dosages are unhealthy. We think root beer will be a little bland without some sassafras. Add this ingredient when the water is simmering.

Sarsaparilla is a vine plant that gives the root beer the vanilla-mint-medicinal flavor. It was used for skin diseases and for complexion.

Who doesn’t know licorice and its earthy-anise like flavor? It is prized for curing sour throats and skin irritations with adrenal health.

Birch bark is included in almost all root beer recipes. It has analgesic properties.

The punch of the root beer is in Ginger root. It fights nausea and helps digestive system and cardiovascular and one of the many reasons root beer is drinked for unsettle stomachs.

Dandelion root. The ingredient you can find all by yourself. It supports liver health and lowers cholesterol too. This the one that adds that bitter pleasantness.

Root beer is not fixed to adding the typical 4-5 herbs. You can always add wintergreen, cinnamon, cloves, prickly ash, birch, coriander, yellow dock, ginseng etc. These ingredients were used in old recipes. You can always try these. These recipes are easily available online.

Ingredients and Equipements:

Ingredients and Equipements

The more natural and authenticated the herbs are, the more distinct and aromatic the flavor is. Here we have listed the ingredients and their respective quantities you will need to create the best ever root beer of your life.

10 cups cold water.

¾ cup unrefined cane sugar.

3 tablespoon sarsaparilla root.

½ cup of ginger bug or kombucha.


1 table poon licorice root.

1 tablespoon ginger root.

5/2 tablespoon birch bark.

1 pod of star anise.

1 split vanilla bean.

1 cinnamon stick.

*At the end 2 table sassafras root.


And here is the list of equipment you will need during to make this tasty root beer float:


A sieve

A funnel

Measuring cup

Measuring spoons

4 clean, 1-liter (0.3 US gal) flip-top bottles.

A pot with a lid

    Tips to keep in mind:

    Tips to keep in mind

    • To make root beer, mostly ginger bug is used as culture. If it is not available, you can always use kombucha, water kefir or Jun tea.

    • Similarly, Honey, coconut sugar, corn sugar, maple sugar and maple syrup can be swapped in place for cane sugar. Each will have its own distinct taste.  If you want to make zero-calorie and sugar free drink using artificial sweetener, it might pose a slight difficulty. See, the yeast requires real sugar for fermentation though you can always use soda stream to make a zero-calorie one.

    • Tap water contains excess minerals and even little amounts of chlorine. Bottled water is perfect.

    • Do not toss the herbs directly into simmering water but start with cold water. This will retain more of aromatic compounds and phytonutrients.

    • Adding the culture will kill the bacteria and yeast. Common sense. Let the concoction cool down to room temperature.

    • Placing the firm bottle in warmer places will speed up the fermentation process and placing it in colder ones will slow it down. In summer, don’t lest the bottles in heated places for longer terms. Due to heat, pressure might build up causing the bottle to explode. Yeah science.

    • There is very less alcohol level in this beer despite its name. The alcoholic content ranges from 0.35 to 0.5 percent.

    How to make root beer:

    How to make root beer

    How is root bear made? It is very easy, just like making tea but with extra steps. Now that everything is set up, let's get to its making.

    1. You need to boil the aromatic ingredients first. Pour cool water in a medium sized pot. Add all the ingredients except sugar, yeast and sassafras root.
    2. Bring it to boil on high or medium heat for 30 minutes. Now add the sassafras root and stir it again at low heat for 15 minutes. After that, remove it from heat and cover it with lid. Allow it to cool down for few hours.
    3. After it has infused, it's time to strain it. Use a cheesecloth-lined sieve to do so. Strain gently and do not squeeze the cloth or else the bitterness will transfer.
    4. Mix a cup of water, sugar and active culture to the concoction. Set it aside for 15 minutes.
    5. Use a funnel to pour the Root beer into freaky (this is quite necessary) clean flip-top bottles.
    6. Set the bottles upright in a warm place for 2-5 days. More days means strong flavor.
    7. Chill the bottle before opening. While, opening do not shake the bottle beforehand. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.


    Here is your perfect tasty root beer for all occasions. Remember serve chilled. Cheers!

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