Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop
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Add some fizzy sparkle to your life and discover the delicious and refreshing world of homemade soft drinks. Drawing on centuries-old traditions from American general stores and pharmacy soda fountains, this fun and informative guide has recipes for perennial favorites like birch beer and ginger beer, as well as more adventurous concoctions like Molasses Switchel and Dandelion Champagne. Stephen Cresswell provides easy-to-follow directions that cover everything from extracting the earthy undertones of sassafras for an exciting root beer to whipping up a caffeine-charged Coffee Whizzer.
proceed immediately to bottling. 8. B o t t l i n g. Bottle according to the instructions in the box on page 34. q 32 Eleven 12-ounce bottles Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop Making Ginger Ale Traditionally, ginger was not always used in the brewing process itself but was added later. American taverners sometimes kept an enormous shaker of fresh-ground ginger on the bar. The customer would shake in the ginger and the host would stir the drink with a red-hot poker. Those colorful days have
root teaspoons dried, chopped sarsaparilla root teaspoons dried saw palmetto berries teaspoons dried smooth sumac (dwarf sumac) berries teaspoons crushed, dried common juniper berries cups sugar (or scant 11⁄2 cups honey) teaspoon granulated ale yeast (also 1⁄4 cup lukewarm water) 1. Place 2 quarts of water into the brewpot and add all herbal ingredients and the sugar. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Then cover, remove from heat, and allow to steep for 30 minutes more. 2. Pour the remaining 2
more. 3. Pour remaining cherry juice (at room temperature) into a jug, then add the contents of the pan. 4. Put ale yeast into a teacup with the 1⁄4 cup lukewarm water and allow to sit several minutes, then pour the yeasty water into the jug. Cap the jug and invert it several times to mix. 5. Bottle, then store in a dark place. 6. Test carbonation after 48 hours and again after 72 hours. When carbonation is right, refrigerate. q Eleven 12-ounce bottles Basic Modern Recipes 59 Cherry
suit taste, and to this some of the preparation described, and you will find it equal to the best lemonade. To half a gallon of sweetened water add one tumblerful of beer. Ingredients for Devising Your Own Recipes 93 ☞ Responsible Gathering As the number of acres of wild and undeveloped land decreases every year, a word about the justice of collecting seems in order. Before collecting any wild plant, take note of how common it is in the area. If you find a dense thicket of sassafras
several gallons of water have entered the atmosphere of your kitchen, however, you may notice that the wallpaper is peeling, or the drywall bubbling. The ice method offers a nice alternative to boiling. 114 Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop Appendix C Converting Recipe Measurements to Metric Use the following formulas for converting U.S. measurements to metric. Since the conversions are not exact, it’s important to convert the measurements for all of the ingredients to maintain the same