Synopses & Reviews
Make your own soft drinks that are tastier, healthier, and cheaper than anything you'll find in stores!
From soda water to sarsaparilla, in Homemade Root Beer, Soda and Pop, you'll find easy-to-follow instructions for more than 60 traditional and modern soft drink recipes. Your whole family can make delicious batches of old favorites and experiment with new combinations of natural ingredients to create your own refreshing recipes.
You'll make fabulous, fizzy creations like:
-- Old-Fashioned Root Beer
-- Sarsaparilla Soda
-- Birch Beer
-- Virgin Islands Ginger Beer
-- Lemon-Lime Soda
-- Cherry Vanilla Soda
-- Cream Soda
-- Raspberry Shrub
-- Molasses Switchel
-- Coffee Whizzer
-- Fruit Smoothie
-- and much more!
"This how-to book should appeal to those who don't mind spending two hours to make a dozen bottles of signature soda." -- Kansas City Star
"Yes, there is fun and adventure in the world of soft drinks, which Stephen Cresswell proves." -- Pittsburgh
"This book gets an A+. A good variety of old fashioned recipes." -- American Herb Association
"There's a new book that will tell you everything you want to know about sarsaparilla, switchel, and more ... You can make your own home brewed soft drinks pretty easily." -- Anthony Dias Blue on WCBS Newsradio 88 Food & Wine report
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.
This is the only book on the market reviving the traditional American activity of brewing old-fashioned drinks like sarsaparilla and birch beer.
It's fun and easy to make your own soda! Stephen Cresswell offers more than 60 soft drink recipes that your family will love.
About the Author
Stephen Cresswell is a history professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College and an avid homebrewer of beers and soft drinks, which accounts for his extensive research on historical recipes and old fashioned brewing techniques found in his book, Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop. In his spare time, Stephen and his wife, Teresa, have begun building a stone wall around their property.
Table of Contents
1. Root Beers in American History
3. First Batches: Root Beer and Ginger Ale
4. Basic Modern Recipes
5. Switchells, Shrubs, Vinegar Drinks, and Mulled Beverages
6. Ingredients for Devising Your Own Recipes
7. Ensuring Variety
A. Sources for Beverage-Making Supplies
B. Tapping Trees
C. Metric Conversion Chart