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Root beer facts and history

Experts credit Charles Elmers Hires to be the inventor of modern root beer, and he sold the first bottle of this carbonated drink in the late 1800s. A sweet-tasting beverage popular throughout North America, the traditional recipe uses the root bark of the sassafras tree or the sarsaparilla vine. This nonalcoholic beer beverage doesn't contain caffeine and has a thick white foamy head. Most commercial varieties of this drink now use artificial sassafras flavoring, carbonated water, sugar and a mix of herbs and spices.

Flavor profile

Most brands of root beer soda have a creamy and mellow taste with hints of vanilla. Some varieties feature mild spicy notes that give this fizzy drink a nice kick. Manufacturers use various herbs and flavorings, including allspice, ginger, molasses, licorice, cinnamon, clove, anise and more to create unique-flavored root beers with distinct flavors.

Cocktail recipes using this drink

Topping this soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to create the iconic American root beer float is the traditional way of enjoying this smooth and creamy beverage. Use this beer to whip up yummy cocktails that your guests will love.

The luscious texture and sweet flavor of this beer make it an excellent ingredient to use in dessert cocktails. For a decadent ending to a meal, try making a creamy concoction of dark rum, root beer and Irish cream liqueur. In a cocktail glass filled with ice, add the dark rum and root beer and mix well. Top with the Irish cream liqueur and enjoy.

Create an adult dessert with a spiked root beer float by combining root beer with whipped cream-flavored vodka. Top with a swirl of heavy whipping cream or softened vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert with a hint of vodka liquor.

Adding a few sweet and novel beer varieties, such as root beer and ginger beer, to your home bar is essential when you're making party drinks that need sweet and fizzy notes. Shop for your favorite brand of this soda by searching for Drizly in your city and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.