Homemade Root Beer

On this day in 1866 root beer was created, and quickly became an American classic. This week I decided to recreate the classic and it was everything I could of hoped for. The perfect root beer flavor with a slight hint of vanilla, and of course I couldn’t pass up making it into a float. 

Homemade Root Beer
1 ¾ cups sugar (I used sugar that has been infused with vanilla beans)
2 ¼ cups water
2 tablespoons root beer concentrate (I used Watkins)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (I used Watkins)
Club Soda

1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat and stir until mixture starts to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Add root beer concentrate and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
3. To serve, add ½ to 1/3 cup (according to taste) root beer syrup to 5 ounces club soda.

Makes 3 cups root beer syrup.


  1. Oooh yummy root beer float! I don't remember the last time I had one.

  2. that sounds super yum! i love those paper straws, they are so cute! but is it me or do i find it getting soaked to quickly, whenever i use these i feel like i have to finish my drink really fast haha

    1. Use pure distilled water to make this beer. If you won't use it, you will not get the real taste. Learn more about the use of water in whisky here http://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/blog/diluting-whisky-with-water