Old fashioned root beer is a great complement to summer gatherings, and has been for hundreds of years. History indicates that a version of this creamy carbonated treat was brewed by eighteenth-century farmers in stills for family gatherings and parties.
It seems making homemade root beer is part of our roots! Read on for a way to continue this tradition.
- Root beer concentrate such as McCormick® or Shank’s
- Lukewarm spring water
- Dry active yeast
- Preboiled water (cooled to 85 to 95 degrees)
*Follow the measurement guide on the back of the root beer concentrate.
- Pour sugar in a large nonaluminum container. Stir in spring water and root beer concentrate.
- Dissolve yeast in preboiled water. Allow yeast to dissolve undisturbed (about 10-15 minutes). Add to sugar mixture and stir well.
- Using a funnel, pour mixture into bottles or jugs immediately, leaving space at the top of bottle. Cap tightly.
- Store each bottle on its side in the summer sun, or in a warm place (70 to 80 degrees). Be patient, and let the bottles soak up the sun for 5-7 days giving plenty of time to create the sparkly carbonation that we love. Then store upright in refrigerator to chill.
If you want to make personalized, single-serving bottles, try the 8 oz. Woozy Bottle and lids. This is a great project for kids. Have them fill their own bottles and create personalized labels. For large, multiserving containers, we recommend the Half Gallon Loop Handle Jug or the One Gallon Loop Handle Jug. Both jugs can use the same size lid. To make a traditional root beer float, serve in a frosty mug topped with some creamy vanilla ice cream.