Root Beer & Ginger Beer Recipes

Al's Homemade
Root Beer & Ginger Beer
Soft Drink Recipes

Make homemade Root Beer, Ginger beer and more soft drink recipes. Tasty, healthy and cheap to make softdrink beverages. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program
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Al's Root Beer

Yield: 1 Batch

1 ts Dry yeast
1/2 c ;Water, warm
2 c Sugar, granulated
1 qt ;Water, hot
4 ts Rootbeer extract

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Dissolve sugar in 1 quart hot water. Mix together dissolved yeast, sugar and root beer extract in gallon jar. Fill jar with warm water and stir until all ingredients are well combined. Cover jar. Set in warm sun for four hours. It will be ready to drink the next day. Chill soft drink before serving.

Root Beer Tonic Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings

3 oz Sassafras Bark, dried
2 oz Sarsaparilla, dried
1 oz Dandelion Root, dried
1 oz Burdock Root, dried
1/2 oz Ground Ginger
1/2 oz Ground Cinnamon
1/4 oz Orange Peel, dried

Reminiscent of old-fashioned drink, due to the sassafras. It has a cleansing, revivifying effect from the dandelion, burdock and sarsaparilla.

Mix together all ingredients and store in a tightly closed container. In a large pot combine 1 quart of water and 4 tablespoons of dry mixture. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey or stevia (also called "sweet herb") if desired. Makes about 4 cups

Variation: For iced tea, chill the simmered mixture, then dilute it with 1 quart of sparkling water. Serve over ice with a twist of orange peel.

Al's Ginger Beer

Yield: 14 x 10oz bottles

1 Ginger root
1 Lemon, grated rind only
2 oz Cream of tartar
1 1/2 lb Sugar
1 ga Water; boiling
1 Envelope yeast

Grate and thoroughly mash the ginger root in a bowl. Place in a large pot and add all ingredients except the yeast. Stir until sugar and cream of tartar is dissolved. Allow mixture to cool, then add yeast which has been started ( dissolved) in a little lukewarm water. Cover tightly for 6 hours, then filter first through a tea strainer or similar, then through cloth.

**Bottle and cap or cork tightly, sealed. Place in dark, cool (60 degree) place for two weeks. Chill fully before opening to drink. **corking is recommended over capping - there are fewer "explosive" situations with corks.

Old-Fashioned Recipe for Ginger Beer

1/2 oz Yeast
2 ts Sugar
To Feed The "Plant"
7 ts Ground Ginger
7 ts Sugar
To Flavour
1 1/2 lb Sugar
Juice Of 2 Lemons

Mix starter ingredients with 3/4 pint of warm water in a glass jar. Stir, cover and leave in a warm place for 24 hours. This is your starter "plant". Feed the "plant" with 1 teaspoon each of ground ginger and sugar each day.

After 7 days strain through a fine sieve. Dissolve the sugar in 2 pints of water. Add the lemon juice and the liquid from the "plant". Dilute with 5 pints of water, mix well and store in corked bottles for at least 7 days.

Use strong bottles as pressure may build up which will cause thin bottles to explode. For the same reason use corked bottles rather than those with a more secure closure that will not 'give' under pressure. The amount of sugar in the final stage can be varied according to taste.

Fresh Ginger Ale Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

2 c Coarsely chopped, peeled Fresh ginger
3 Strips lemon peel, pith removed
1 1/2 c Sugar
3 Quarts chilled club soda
Ice cubes

Put ginger, lemon peel, and 4 cups of water into a 4quart pan. Bring to the boil, and continue boiling, without lid, for about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar and boil for about 15 more minutes. Liquid should have reduced to about 3 cups. Pour through a wire seive and discard the peel and ginger. Cool the syrup, cover and chill for at least an hour.

To serve, pour 1/4 cup of the syrup into a tall glass and add 1 cup of the club soda. Add ice and more soft drink syrup if needed.

Homemade Cola Recipe

1 1/2 tb Simple syrup (see direction)
1/2 c Soda water
1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Pure lemon juice
1/8 ts Ground cinnamon
1 tsp Instant coffee crystal

Simple Syrup

1 c Sugar
Water to make 1-1/2 cups liq

SIMPLE SYRUP: Heat water. Place sugar in measuring cup and add enough hot water to make 1-1/2 cups liquid.

COLA: Mix all ingredients as stated. Pour soft drink over ice and serve.

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