Home Made Root Beer

From Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw

When you make your root beer, start with a tablespoon of this syrup to a pint of seltzer water. You can adjust the strength of your drink from there.


Makes 2 quarts.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 ounces of sassafras roots
  • 1 ounce of burdock root
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 clove
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 drops wintergreen extract or peppermint extract
  • 6 cups sugar


  1. Chop the sassafras and burdock roots into small pieces, about 1/2 inch or smaller.
  2. Put the roots in a medium-sized heavy pot with the clove, star anise and coriander seeds and cover with the water. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer this for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the molasses and simmer another 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the wintergreen or peppermint extract. Put the cover back on the tea.
  5. When the mixture cools, strain it though cheesecloth to remove any debris.
    Return it to the pot with an equal amount of sugar. Stir to combine. Bring it to a simmer and cook it for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  6. Pour into quart mason jars and seal.

Keeps a year in the fridge


Posted on September 9, 2015 and filed under drinks.