On this day in 1866 root beer was created, and quickly became an American classic. This week I decided to recreate the classic and it was everything I could of hoped for. The perfect root beer flavor with a slight hint of vanilla, and of course I couldn’t pass up making it into a float.
1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat and stir until mixture starts to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Add root beer concentrate and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
3. To serve, add ½ to 1/3 cup (according to taste) root beer syrup to 5 ounces club soda.
Makes 3 cups root beer syrup.