Did you grow up drinking ice cold smoking homemade root beer at your halloween parties? I loved it every year when we would have it. A delicious sweetness, with a light fizz. Such a fun treat. As a mom, I love making it for the holiday. My kids love it also and feel it is so magical!
The beauty about homemade root beer is how EASY it is. The tricky part can be finding the items. So I have a few tips!
Look for your supplies a head of time. I checked several stores that did not have Root beer concentrate and finally found a couple. So when you’re running errands take a walk down the spices isle and see if they have it. If they do grab it, or remember which store had to to grab it when you do need it. I found that Winco and Walmart both carried in my area. You can also buy a variety of brands on Amazon. Like this ONE, this ONE or this ONE.
Dry ice is also an item that may be difficult to find. I call my local grocery stores, many of them do carry it! If there is an Albertsons 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.
And remember, never touch dry ice with your hands. Gloves and tongs!
How to make Homemade Root Beer
It’s really simple- mix the root beer, sugar and some of the water together. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then combine with the rest of the water and dry ice. You can combine the water, sugar and make it into a simple syrup- them combine it with the root beer… but we noticed no difference. My kids and I experimented with both techniques and they tasted the same! The only difference was that the sugar dissolves almost immodestly in the hot water, but you do have to let the near boiling water chill. In room temp water the sugar takes about 2 minutes to dissolve.
Once the dry ice has been in the root beer for a while, the root beer will start to freeze around the dry ice causing the smoking effect to stop. One way to keep the fog rolling continuously is to divide the liquid up and the dry ice. Depending on how much you are making/serving every 15 minutes add more room temp root beer and another chunk of ice to the container. Also, keeping the root beer partially covered will help keep a little carbonation from the dry ice in the liquid.
We have so many fun Halloween Recipes on our blog! Check out my FAVORITE!! Homemade Caramel Apples (do a caramel apple bar!! you won’t be sorry!!). We love to eat Kadee’s toffee dip, candy corn fruit pizza, candy corn marshmallow popcorn and this fall chex mix!
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 4.5 cups or 1 liter water or sparkling water
- 6 lbs dry ice
Add Rootbeer Concentrate, sugar and water into drink dispenser.
Stir for 2 minutes or more if not dissolved
Break dry ice into thirds.
Place first piece into rootbeer half an hour before serving
Periodically place remaining dry ice into drink dispenser as it starts it fog less.
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!!