Drinks | October 26, 2020

Homemade Root Beer

Homemade Root Beer is THE BEST. Sweet, ice cold, with a light fizz. Such a delicious fun treat! best part? It literally takes minutes to make. Whip some up for a spooky halloween with dry ice, make a fancy cold drink for holidays or even just for popcorn and movie night.

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE ROOT BEER

  • SUGAR
  • SPARKLING WATER
  • ROOT BEER CONCENTRATE OR ROOT BEER EXTRACT
  • (DRY ICE IF YOU WANT IT TO SMOKE)

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROOT BEER EXTRACT AND ROOT BEER CONCENTRATE

The difference between the two is root beer concentrate has a much much stronger flavor than root beer extract, so you need considerably less contcentrate. In our recipe testing we needed 1 tbs of root beer extract for 1 liter of sparkling water whereas we only needed 1 tsp of root beer concentrate to 1 liter of sparkling water.

WHERE DO I FIND THE ROOT BEER FLAVOR?

If you are buying in the store you can find the root beer by the spices and extracts. You can also find a bunch of different versions online! I got this root beer extract on amazon.

DO I NEED TO USE SPARKLNG WATER?

NO! You can use club soda, seltzer water. Just make sure it is not flavored bubbly. You also do not have to use any carbonated water at all. Ice cold water will do great too1

HOW TO MAKE ROOT BEER

  1. ADD YOUR SUGAR
  2. ADD ROOT BEER EXTRACT OR CONCENTRATE
  3. ADD SPARKLING WATER
  4. STIR TOGETHER

PROTIP: To help keep some of the bubbles, mix only a portion of the sparkling water with the sugar and root beer. Stir until the sugar is dissolved (about a minute) then combine the root beer with the rest of the sparkling water. Just give it a gentle couple of stirs. The more your stir the less carbonation there will be.

SPARKLING WATER COLD OR ROOM TEMP?

IF you are serving your homemade root beer immediately, with no dry ice then you will want to chill your sparkling water before hand. If you are serving with dry ice, keep your sparkling water at room temp.

DRY ICE

Dry ice might seem intimidating to find however, I called my local grocery stores, many of them do carry it! If there is an Kroger store or a Sam’s club near you try them! Also, there are ice companies that you can go pick it up from, they usually serve commercial companies- so they aren’t well known. A google search should help you locate them in your area.

NEVER TOUCH OR DRINK DRY ICE

This is VERY IMPORTANT! Keep it away from little hands. It will burn your hands and cause extreme damage if accidentally ingested. The best is to serve your root beer in a big caldron, or bowl. Use a ladle to serve the root beer and have an adult help the children.

Putting dry ice in Homemade Root Beer

HOW TO GET THE BEST SMOKEY ROOT BEER

DRY ICE will smoke the best when the root beer is warm, which why it is not recommended to chill the sparkling water if making a spooky halloween drink. You may notice after the dry ice has been in the container for a while it might not be smoking as much here are two solutions.

  1. Serve the root beer in batches. So when the dry ice has chilled one batch you can add some more room temp root beer to the bowl.
  2. Break up the dry ice and dont add it all at once. Just put one piece in at a time.

OTHER DRY ICE TIPS

  1. Never completely cover a container with dry ice. But keeping the root beer partially covered will help keep a little carbonation from the dry ice in the liquid.
  2. Store in a cooler with a towel covering it.

HOW LONG WILL DRY ICE STORE?

Dry ice does not store. Buy the dry ice the same day you are serving it. Dont place it in the freezer instead, place it in a cooler with a towel over it. Keep it in a cool place if possible. This will help your dry ice last longer.

CAN I MAKE ROOT BEER AHEAD OF TIME!

YES! While dry ice won’t be much help ahead of time, you definitely can make the root beer ahead of time. Place it in the refridgerator until you are going to serve it. about 2-3 days ahead of time. With a lid if possible. If you want the carbonation to be fresh however, make it the day of.

WHAT ELSE CAN I USE HOMEMADE ROOT BEER FOR?

  • You can never go wrong with the classic root beer float! just add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and serve!
  • Make a homemade gourmet soda bar! Serve your chilled bubbly root beer with some flavored syrups (like Torani)  ice and cream.

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5 from 1 vote
Homemade Root Beer
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A fun homemade root beer drink that's great for parties or entertaining!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry Ice Drinks, Homemade Root Beer
Servings: 4 8 oz cups
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Root beer Concentrate or 1 TBS Root Beer Extract
  • 1 Cups Sugar
  • 1 liter sparkling water can use regular if you dont want it carbonated
  • 1-3 lbs dry ice
Instructions
  1. Add Rootbeer Concentrate, sugar and water into drink dispenser.
  2. Stir for 2 minutes or more if not dissolved
  3. Break dry ice into thirds.
  4. Place first piece into rootbeer half an hour before serving
  5. Periodically place remaining dry ice into drink dispenser as it starts it fog less.
  6. CAUTION do not touch dry ice with bare skin, do not put dry ice into individual cups or allow pieces to fall into cups- you do NOT want it to touch any part of your body!!
Recipe Notes

HOW TO GET THE BEST SMOKEY ROOT BEER

DRY ICE will smoke the best when the root beer is warm, which why it is not recommended to chill the sparkling water if making a spooky halloween drink. You may notice after the dry ice has been in the container for a while it might not be smoking as much here are two solutions.

  1. Serve the root beer in batches. So when the dry ice has chilled one batch you can add some more room temp root beer to the bowl.
  2. Break up the dry ice and dont add it all at once. Just put one piece in at a time.  

OTHER DRY ICE TIPS

  1. Never completely cover a container with dry ice. But keeping the root beer partially covered will help keep a little carbonation from the dry ice in the liquid.
  2. Store in a cooler with a towel covering it. 

HOW LONG WILL DRY ICE STORE? 

Dry ice does not store. Buy the dry ice the same day you are serving it. Dont place it in the freezer instead, place it in a cooler with a towel over it. Keep it in a cool place if possible. This will help your dry ice last longer. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Root Beer
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Sugar 50g56%
Calcium 13mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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