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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

 

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Make your own soft drinks that are tastier, healthier, and cheaper than anything you'll find in stores!

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!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580170528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170529
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Burchfield on April 18, 2001
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I enjoyed reading this book, not too complicated it just gets down to business without a lot of technical detail. It seemed to cover just about all of the details a first time brewer would need to brew up some very interesting drinks. One reviewer says it doesn't tell you where to get supplies, true but the book does give some idea and addresses can change with time anyway. Most of the ingredients and implements needed you'll find that you already have or can easily obtain at any time. My only complaint concerns the carbonation process, the author says when it is right refrigerate the drink, he is vague about what that point in the process is. I think I found it with careful reading.
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I got this book as a gift from a friend who knows how much I love pop. Let me tell you- this is a gift that keeps giving! I have tried all the recipes and it is EASY to make delicious fizzy drinks that taste better than most commercial versions and cost less in the long run.

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!
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Haven't had a chance to try the recipes in the book yet, but there's much more here. Little tidbits of interesting soda pop info I've never seen in other books, like: Whats the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla? Or: Does cream soda really have cream in it? Fascinating stuff for anyone interested in how everyday things like soda pop evolved to become the things we take for granted today.
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This was a really great book, with neat information about the history and recipes of root beer. It provides good information for brewing your own root beer in easy-to-understand language. It is entertaining and great for the beginner or advanced root beer lover.
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As someone who is tempted to buy all of the "DIY" books for food and drink, I got this the second I saw it and its reviews.
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/)
- http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-root-beer-recipe/
and the hundreds of blogs and sites dedicated to this stuff
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Cresswell helps the reader brew up healthy and flavorful beverages from such ingredients as cherry juice, ginger root, and grated apples. Root beer, sasaparilla, they're all here. Really fun to read, humorous at times, and lots of great drawings. Recommended for families looking for fun projects, for homebrewers who want to add to their repertoire, and those who like soft drinks but would like healthier alternatives.
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Pretty much the only book of its kind, that is it gives recipes (some over 100 odd years old) for real Root Beer using sassafras roots. My only gripe is that the recipes use a dangerous method of fermentation and carbonation all in the one run (which is a recipe for exploding bottles). I contacted the author and pointed out that with decades of brewing experience I have never had a bottle explode because I use the modern 'standard' two part brewing ('primary' & 'secondary' fermentations) i.e. first add your ingredients and as much sugar as you want, let it fully finish fermenting and then add a specific amount of sugar to each bottle to safely achieve a carbonation/fizz in the sealed bottle (you can even buy sugar lumps designed for specific bottle sizes to do this or use a measure).
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This is an awesome book. It takes some work to get all the ingredients but that is what the internet is for isn't it? So far I have made six of the recipes with my 11 year old niece. They all have turned out very well.
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