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Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop Paperback – January 6, 1998
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“This how-to book should appeal to those who don’t mind spending two hours to make a dozen bottles of signature soda.” ― Kansas City Star
“Yes, there is fun and adventure in the world of soft drinks, which Stephen Cresswell proves.” ― Pittsburgh
“This book gets an A+. A good variety of old fashioned recipes.” ― American Herb Association
“There’s a new book that will tell you everything you want to know about sarsaparilla, switchel, and more … You can make your own home brewed soft drinks pretty easily.” ― Anthony Dias Blue on WCBS Newsradio 88 Food & Wine report
From the Back Cover
From soda water to sarsaparilla, in Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop, you'll find easy-to-follow instructions for more than 60 traditional and modern soft drink recipes. Your whole family can make delicious batches of old favorites and experiment with new combinations of natural ingredients to create your own refreshing recipes.
You'll make fabulous, fizzy creations like:
-- Old-Fashioned Root Beer
-- Sarsaparilla Soda
-- Birch Beer
-- Virgin Islands Ginger Beer
-- Lemon-Lime Soda
-- Cherry Vanilla Soda
-- Cream Soda
-- Raspberry Shrub
-- Molasses Switchel
-- Coffee Whizzer
-- Fruit Smoothie
-- and much more!
Top Customer Reviews
I especially love the birch beer, and so does everyone who has tasted the batch I made. I also like the molasses switchel and the fruit smoothie an awful lot.
Now that I know the basics, I have modified several recipes to make them sweeter or fizzier or fruitier, according to taste. I have also been bold enough to make my own celery tonic and, believe it or not, a very invigorating tabasco pop.
Get the book, bring over your buddies, and have a pop party!
If you're looking for a bunch of recipes for tasty sodas and root drinks, then this is great.
If you're hoping to learn techniques, history, details about ingredients, etc., then not so much.
Personally, I find that I can find almost any recipe online and that recipes aren't the fun part anyway. What books like these can and should provide are a few basic recipes/ratios, with a lot of stress on technique and education about the process so that you can be creative and successful in that particular project.
Still, this is a really inexpensive small book with a pretty modest subject matter, so there wasn't that much more that Cresswell could have included I suppose.
I guess I would say that if you absolutely feel the need to have a physical book about soda making, Cresswell's will do just fine. But given that it is just a collection of recipes, I would stick to the vast online resources.
For starters check:
- serious eats
- jeffrey morgenthaler (http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/category/my-cocktail-recipes/)
and the hundreds of blogs and sites dedicated to this stuff
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a GREAT starting resource for making your own soft drinks. The recipes are easy and fun. I now keep a keg of Mulled Ginger Apple Ale on tap at all times and bring it to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Mage
good book, many interesting facts, looking forward to attempting many of the recipesPublished 15 months ago by michaelht1
No one has access to sassafrass roots. I can buy them in the 'chopped' form but that is little help when all the recipes ask for roots in inches. . .Published 19 months ago by Sammy
Plenty of lovely recipes, historical facts and suggestions. I like the way it was put together. My kind of read.Published 22 months ago by Bim Henderson