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
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
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.
- 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
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