The soda culture here is crazy. At restaurants, soda comes in large portions with frequent refills. Every gas station has a soda fountain (in New York I didn't see even one). As a mom, I don't love that soda is the drink at every function. But, there are some good things about this too. I love that you can get root beer at every restaurant. AND, you can stop by ANY grocery store in the area and pick up root beer extract and a little dry-ice to brew your own at home. You can find the recipe here. Here's niece Sara basking in the root beer fog:
Speaking of root beer, a few weeks ago we helped our neighbor Juddy bottle root beer in his garage. He used a recipe that contained herbs like anise and vanilla to get a root beer result. Next, he mixed it in a large container then used a small hose to put it into used, sterilized Coke bottles.
Last, we used a bottle capper to cap the bottles.
There is yeast in the recipe to give it fizz, you have to let it sit for a few days to develop. The result? It was different . . . interesting. The yeast was a bit strong, next time we'll try Champagne yeast for a more subtle result.