I LOVE doing home-made Root Beer for my kids birthday parties. It’s so fun to watch all the kids’ faces as the fog is billowing out of the jug! This time, I decided I’d like to try to see if I could sweeten it with Agave Nectar to make it a bit healthier and see how it turned out. I’ve never heard of anyone else doing it, so I thought it would be worth a shot.
Wasn’t it so sweet of me to use the party guests as Guinea Pigs? Only kidding, but I think that it turned out pretty yummy. It comes out a bit of a lighter color, more light amber than brown, but the taste is still really good. I did get one comment that it tastes a little like cream soda, so that is still a plus, to me anyway.
I started out with just a basic Home-Made Root Beer Recipe and just swapped out the Sugar for Agave and used slightly less water.
Here it is, how I made it:
Start out with a clean 5-Gallon Beverage Cooler
3 Gallons Cold Water
4 lbs Dry Ice (use tongs so you don’t burn yourself and slowly lower it into the water)
Approximately 44 oz Agave
Then slowly, little by little (because it bubbles up like crazy)add:
2 Oz Root Beer Concentrate
You can add a little less Agave and then add more if you think it’s not sweet enough, but I thought this amount turned out pretty good. *Make sure to use tongs to add the Dry Ice and not splash. Just remember to use caution when using Dry Ice.* Other than that, you just wait for the fog to completely die down before you completely close the lid.