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Root Beer Never Tasted So Good!


The time-honored concoction of sarsaparilla, ginger and other roots is captured in this intense concentrate that’s back for a limited time. Make your own glass of root beer and try some of the following unusually delicious treats…they will surely become family favorites!

Homemade Root Beer/Root Beer Float

Start by making a Concentrated Root Beer Syrup:

  • 1-3/4 cups/425 ml sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups/560 ml water
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Watkins Root Beer Extract

Combine sugar and water in small saucepan; heat and stir until mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature; add Root Beer Flavor and mix thoroughly. Place in well-sealed container and keep in refrigerator.

Root Beer Beverage: Place 1/3 cup/80 ml of the syrup into a glass. Add 5 fl. oz./150 ml of club soda or sparkling water. Fill glass with ice. Enjoy!

Root Beer Float: Float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a mug of root beer.

Note: This makes a light colored root beer. If desired, you can add liquid caramel color if available in your area.

Root Beer Cookies

  • 1 cup/250 ml brown sugar
  • 1/2/125 ml cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4/60 ml cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp/10 ml Watkins Root Beer Extract
  • 1 tsp/5 ml Watkins Double-Strength Vanilla
  • 1-3/4/430 ml cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2/2.5 ml tsp baking soda
  • 1/2/2.5 ml tsp salt, if desired
  • Root Beer Frosting (recipe follows)

Combine brown sugar, butter, and egg in a bowl; beat until fluffy. Stir in buttermilk, Root Beer Flavor, Vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets about 2-inches apart. Bake at 375°F for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Frost with Root Beer Frosting. Makes 42 cookies.

Root Beer Frosting

  • 2 cups/500 ml powdered icing sugar
  • 1/3/80 ml cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp/5 ml Watkins Root Beer Extract
  • 1 to 2 tbsp/15 - 30 ml hot water

Mix together sugar and butter until smooth. Stir in Root Beer Flavor and enough water to make a smooth frosting.

Barbecued Ribs with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 racks (6.5 pounds/3 kg) pork spareribs, cut into 2-rib portions
  • 1/2 cup/125 ml cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml (any flavor) Watkins Original Barbecue Sauce Concentrate, Honey Barbecue Sauce Concentrate, or Mesquite Barbecue Sauce Concentrate
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Watkins Onion Granules
  • 2 tsp/10 ml Watkins Garlic Granules
  • 2 tsp/10 ml Watkins Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp/5 ml salt, or as desired
  • Water

Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

  • 2/3 cup/160 ml Watkins Original Barbecue Sauce Concentrate, Honey Barbecue Sauce Concentrate, or Mesquite Barbecue Sauce Concentrate
  • 1-1/3 cups/320 ml ketchup
  • 2 tsp/10 ml Watkins Root Beer Extract
  • 1/2 tsp/2.5 ml Watkins Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp/1.2 ml Watkins Allspice

Combine first seven ingredients in large kettle or Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours; drain. (Can be made ahead to this point. Cool, cover and refrigerate until 1 hour before broiling or grilling.) Combine sauce ingredients in bowl and have ready to baste meat. Arrange ribs on grill or broiler rack.

To grill: Grill ribs 10 minutes, turning once. Baste with barbecue sauce; grill 5 minutes. Turn and baste again with sauce; grill 5 minutes more.

To broil: Broil ribs about 7 to 9 inches from heat for 20 minutes or until heated through, brushing with barbecue sauce occasionally and turning once.

Serve any remaining barbecue sauce with ribs. Makes 8 servings.

Root Beer Baked Beans

  • 1/2 lb/225 g bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Watkins Original Barbecue Sauce Concentrate
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml ketchup
  • 2 (28 oz/798 g) cans baked beans
  • 1/4 tsp/1.2 ml Watkins Root Beer Extract
  • 1/2 tsp/2.5 ml prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml brown sugar
  • Dash Watkins Calypso Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Watkins Black Pepper to taste
Cook bacon and onion in skillet until bacon is brown and crisp. Pour off drippings. Combine Barbecue Sauce Concentrate and ketchup; add to skillet. Mix in remaining ingredients. Bake at 300°F/150°C for 1 hour. Makes 12 servings.


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