Homemade Root Beer For A Crowd

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - It's that time of year for parties and get togethers. Root beer is especially great to serve, by itself or in floats. Did you know you can make your own?

Carol Hurst, from Olde Town Spice Shoppe in St. Charles, shows Randi Naughton how easy it is. But you’d better be ready for a party, because this makes a big batch!

Find out more: www.oldtownspices.com

PARTY ROOTBEER

I say “party rootbeer” because:  #1- it’s delicious and a fun crowd-pleaser, and #2- it makes gallons of soda. The surprise ingredient of dry ice gives it the icy taste.

3 cups white granulated sugar
3 cups brown sugar, loosely packed
1.5 gallons water
4- 2-liter bottles of club soda
2-oz  Zatarain’s rootbeer extract
10 pounds of dry ice

You will want to make and serve the rootbeer in a large upright cooler that has the spigot at the bottom (most are 6 gallon). Mix the sugars and regular water in the cooler until the sugar is dissolved, then stir in the extract and club soda.

Carefully add the dry ice.

LOOSELY put the lid on the cooler and let “brew” for about an hour. DO NOT put the lid on tightly. Serve and enjoy!

(I doubt you will have leftovers, but if so, save it in empty, lidded and clean gallon jugs and refrigerate. Enjoy within 1 day.