Let's throw in the towel on winter, with 80 degrees days here in Ohio we've skipped spring and moved straight onto summer. I made a big tumbler of sun tea yesterday, a sure sign of summer. Another refreshing drink you can make yourself: homemade root beer. Root beer extract can be tough to find, but if you look hard enough you'll be able to find it in specialty supermarkets and definitely online. Homemade root beer is popular among the Amish because it is something that can be made at home and has a bit cleaner of an ingredient label than Mountain Dew or Coke. So this gives you some pop without the pop. Amish entrepreneurs in Lancaster County sell homemade batches of root beer from roadside stands in the summer. This is a photo of a bottle I bought from one such stand. It wasn't my favorite, it was a little too "rooty" for my taste. The recipe below comes from our Amish Cook archives. The late Elizabeth Coblentz shared this recipe in her column back in the summer of 1998. I'm excited to find this recipe, because I will try it as soon as I get my hands on some root beer extract. I'll let you know my results, but here is the recipe so you can try it yourself. There are many homemade root beer recipes out there, but this looks really easy. Part II of this post will be my photos and review of the recipe.
QUICK, REFRESHING HOMEMADE ROOT BEER
- 1 gallon warm water
- 1 1 /4 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons root beer extract
- 1 tablespoon of yeast
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into a gallon jug. Seal the jug at set in the sun for 3 hours or more. Refrigerate overnight.