Back in the day I was somewhat of a Sarsaparilla and Root Beer junkie. I wasn’t grabbing a Mug or A&W root beer. No, no. I was going super gourmet and finding small batch brews with unique flavors. I used to have access to fresh brewed Sarsparilla and it sort of spoiled me. Seriously. Nothing like it.
Aside from my love of root beer and the like, I was not a big soda drinker. So it wasn’t *that* hard to give it up once I made the switch to a real food/unprocessed lifestyle. But every so often, I would get a deep yearning for some old fashioned Sarsaparilla or Root Beer.
I have been making fermented beverages for a few years now but had not mastered the art of making probiotic rich root beer. I tried again recently but wasn’t very impressed with the results. But then, a little light bulb came on.
Why not make Root Beer Kombucha or Sarsaparilla Kombucha?
So I did.
And the sun shown down so brightly that day because the universe knew that I had just created a life changing kombucha.
I suppose I could have looked up some recipe ideas online but being impatient for the glorious taste of Sarsaparilla, I tried the path of least resistance and came up with a winner!
Now – part of the reason why this tasted so amazing is that my base Kombucha is made from an incredible tea blend. I am not sure how great this would taste if your tea blend produces a strongly flavored kombucha. My kombucha is pretty mild, easy to drink plain, and agreeable to a wide variety of second ferment flavor combinations. It soaks up the flavors added to it very well! (If you want to try the tea blend I use, head over to my affiliate partner Kombucha Kamp and pick up a bag of Hannah’s Tea Blend. I promise you will not regret it!)
Ok – back to the Sarsaparilla Kombucha. You ready for the simplest recipe on earth? Here you go!
This will create enough root beer infusion to use in a LOT of second ferments. Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can adapt this recipe to fit whatever size bottles you do your second ferments in. The end product will be light in color. It won’t look like Sarsaparilla but it will sure have a wonderful taste!
For Sarsaparilla Kombucha
For Root Beer Kombucha
Sarsaparilla Kombucha Infusion
Root Beer Kombucha Infusion
Root Beer Kombucha
Nutrition Information: Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 2g
This will create enough root beer infusion to use in a LOT of second ferments. Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
You can adapt this recipe to fit whatever size bottles you do your second ferments in. The end product will be light in color. It won’t look like Sarsaparilla but it will sure have a wonderful taste!