Kent of Inglewood


Root Beer Making Kit by Silk Road Spice Merchant and Kent of Inglewood

Within this package:

  • Sasparilla Root
  • Ginger Root
  • Birch Bark
  • Licorice Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion Root
  • Star Anise
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean
  • Sultana Raisins
  • Gum Arabic

Also required:

  • 1/2 cup Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 cups Water

Care Instructions

Preparation:

  1. Coarsely chop the raisins into bits.
  2. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds (this is known as the "caviar"). Cut the split pod into 2-inch pieces.
  3. Put the raisin bits, vanilla seeds, and pod pieces and the other 8 spices (not the Gum Arabic) in a large-ish pot.
  4. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer the mixture for 45-60 minutes. The exact amount of time doesn't much matter, but you want the final quantity of liquid to be around 4 cups.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and the Gum Arabic. Gum Arabic is a thickening powder derived from the acacia tree. It adds a silky texture to the root beer. Mixing it with the sugar prevents it from clumping.
  7. Add the sugar and Gum Arabic mixture to the pot along with the molasses.
  8. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Mix well, remove from heat, and let cool, covered.
  9. Once it's cool, strain the brew into the jar it came in (or another clean bottle) through a few layers of cheesecloth. You'll want a funnel for this.
  10. To use, mix 1/3 cup of 9-Spice Root Beer concentrate with 1 cup of soda water and add ice. Enjoy!

The root beer concentrate will keep in the fridge for several weeks, but not indefinitely. Don't hoard it! To help you along, we've included 2 cocktail recipes for those who like their root beer with a tot of rum.

 

Cocktails

9-Spice Root Beer is excellent with booze. Your pals at The Silk Road and Kent of Inglewood would never have neglected that consideration. If you are the type that prefers to just add liquor and ice, try 2oz of rum to 4oz of mixed root beer (concentrate and soda). Add a wedge of lime. Because the root beer is already plenty complex, we suggest a nice clean-tasting white or amber rum. Rum and root beer are old buddies.

For those who don't mind a slightly more involved drink, we present the following recipes. Neither one requires special cocktail gear. Just build them in the glass and stir them with a twig from the nearest tree. We've included some recommended brands, but feel free to ignore them.

Cherry Darling

  • 1 1/2 oz. amber rum (Appleton)
  • 1/2 oz. cherry liqueur (Heering)
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. 9-Spice Root Beer concentrate
  1. Stir on ice cubes and add 3 oz. soda water
  2. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry and a wedge of lime

Yosemite Sam

  • 1 oz. aged white rum (Havana Club)
  • 1 oz. Fernet Branca
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters (Angostura)
  • 1 oz. 9-Spice Root Beer concentrate
  1. Stir on ice cubes and add 3 oz. soda water
  2. Squeeze the oil from a disc of fresh lime peel over the drink and garnish the glass with a lime wheel

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