A probiotic pop series wouldn’t be complete without classic root beer. This root beer recipe is made the old-fashioned way with natural herbs and spices. Who knew that such a comforting treat could be nourishing too?
MAKES: about 4 cups
4 cups first ferment
1 1/2 tablespoons wintergreen leaf
1 tsp sarsaparilla
1 tsp licorice root
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon fennel
1 star anise pod
Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.
Add all the herbs and spices (2 tbsp root beer extract) to a clean and sanitized swivel top bottle.
Strain the grains, and pour the first ferment into the swivel top bottle.
Seal the bottle, and gently tip upside down 2 or 3 times to ensure ingredients are well mixed.
Leave the bottle in a warm place for 24 hours for the second ferment. Burp every 8 hours to avoid an overflow.
Once desired carbonation is reached, refrigerate until well chilled.