Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Homemade Rootbeer Concentrate

Summer is here!  I have always wanted to make my own root beer but I could never gather the supplies without a lot of hassle(and extra expense of shipping) Well recently I found a haven of herbs.... Sequim Spice and Tea!! If you live in the Sequim area, check it out!! I experimented with yeast carbonation but that was a flop so I am just including the concentrate recipe to mix with club soda for now, I will continue with attempting the carbonation.

1 quart filtered water
1/2 oz Sarsaparilla Root(approx 15 grams )
1/2 oz Sassafras Root Bark(approx 15 grams)
1/2 oz Dandelion Root(approx 15 grams)
1/4 oz  Licorice Root(approx 8 grams)
3/4 inch peeled fresh Ginger Root
2 heaping TB dried Spearmint Leaves
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar*
* if you would prefer it a little less sweet feel free to start with less sugar and add to taste

1 - STERILIZED 1 liter soda bottle

In a large pot pour the filtered water, add all the herb ingredients and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 6 hours, stirring a few times every now and the.

When it has been well steeped, strain out all solids

Bring to a low boil, add sugar and stir until well dissolved.

Remove from heat, chill and funnel into prepared bottle. Allow to sit for 48 hours, chill for another 24. Shake well before serving.

Mix with club soda or seltzer water ( I use a ratio of about 2 oz concentrate to 6 oz soda but feel free to play) and serve over ice.

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