Podcast Guest Recipes: Justin Herber’s Root Beer

Dry Ingredients

  • 5g cinnamon
  • 6g ginger powder
  • 2g licorice powder
  • 1g nutmeg
  • 1g mace
  • 1g black pepper
  • 1g cardamom
  • 1/2g clove
  • 1g spearmint
  • 1g horehound
  • 1/2g hop
  • Mesquite powder
  • 55 oz cane sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 45 oz wate
  • 50g blackstrap molasses
  • 1g juniper berries
  • 50g sorghum syrup
  • 50g malted barley
  • Carbonated water


  1. In a 1 gallon pot, add water and heat to 130 degrees.
  2. Add all dry ingredients, except cane sugar, and cook to 180 degrees. Then steep for 4 hours.
  3. Strain all liquid through a fine strainer and then pour liquid back into the pot.
  4. Heat to 130 degrees. Then add cane sugar, blackstrap molasses, sorghum syrup, and malted barley and heat to 160 degrees.
  5. Let chill to 70 degrees. Then refrigerate to 38 degrees.
  6. Add 5 parts cold (less than 38 degrees) carbonated water to 1 part root beer base. Enjoy over ice!
  7.  (Optional) Serve with homemade vanilla ice cream.

This recipe was provided by Justin Herber, chief brand officer for Tractor Beverage Co. Tractor is the first only certified organic and non-GMO beverage line for the food service industry. The pouring partners for their carbonated and non-carbonated drinks include restaurants, hospitals, and universities. Recently Tractor Beverage Co. has partnered with the sustainability research company HowGood to launch the Organic Impact Tracker., which measures synthetic pesticides found inside ingredients. 

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