By Kevin Williams
Regular readers of my email list know that I have an oversized affection for Coke. Pepsi just doesn't do it for me. It has to be Coke, cold in a can or fresh and fizzy from a fountain. I can't help but wonder about those first Coke attempts by pharmacist John Pemberton, using kola nuts and coca leaves. At least for me, there sure is something addictive in the stuff.
But there are other colas....locally made craft colas and a candy store in my town sells hundreds of them.
The Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch have long been known for their homemade root beers and other concoctions. This Pennsylvania Dutch birch beer had a very refreshing taste.
Try this recipe to make your own homemade root beer using an Amish formulation!
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