Homemade Root Beer

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by Mirj2338

For some extremely peculiar reason, there is no root beer available where I live, but there is McCormick's root beer concentrate. I scoured the world to find a recipe and here it is. It's not exactly A&W, but as close as you can get to the real thing, if you can't get the real thing.

Top Review by Heather Sullivan

It's not quite root beer but it's a good subsitute for the real thing when you can't get the real thing. I used Shank's birch beer concentrate which is similar to root beer.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 34 cup sugar
  • 34 cup hot water
  • 1 quart cold seltzer water
  • 12 teaspoon root beer concentrate (McCormick is what I use)
  • 18 teaspoon root beer concentrate (yes, more of this stuff)


  1. Dissolve the sugar in the hot water.
  2. Add the 1/2 and the 1/8 teaspoon of root beer concentrate and let it cool.
  3. Combine the cold root beer mixture with the seltzer water.
  4. Pour into a glass, make a pretend mug handle with your thumb and pinky, and drink.

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