Portland Soda Works

Genuine Root Beer Syrup (2 Pack)

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This all-natural root beer syrup is brewed with genuine sarsaparilla root and hand-crushed / toasted spices. We add sweetness with cane sugars and molasses. Finished off with whole-bean vanilla extract for a creamy, complex finish. With this product's heavy roster of premium ingredients, you will taste its huge, smooth flavor, and you'll see why we don't compromise. Perfect for home carbonation systems like Aarke, SodaStream, or any carbonated water. Or, simply drizzle it over ice cream. We suggest 1oz Syrup per 16oz of carbonated water. Use more or less depending on how much flavor you desire. Help us reduce ready to drink packaging by purchasing concentrates, and using a reusable container like a HydroFlask.

Ingredients: Water, cane sugar, brown sugar, Indian sarsaparilla root, molasses, star anise, clove, other whole spices, real vanilla extract (alcohol, whole bean extractives). Includes two, 16 oz bottles.

Fresh-Herbed Root Beer Float Recipe

  • Portland Syrups Root Beer Syrup
  • Sparkling Water
  • Orange
  • Fresh spearmint*
  • Vanilla ice cream

Muddle five spearmint leaves and two thumb-sized slices of orange zest in a pint glass with two ounces of syrup. Add ten ounces of sparkling water, stir, then gently drop in two scoops of vanilla ice cream.

*Wintergreen is a traditional flavoring in root beers, though its medicinal nature is off-putting to some (and that's why we don't use it). Here, we add the lighter and sweeter fresh muddled spearmint along with a welcome note of fresh orange oil that plays beautifully off our whole crushed-and-toasted winter spice blend to create an all-consuming aroma and flavor powerhouse! 

The R.B. Kazenzakis (Non-Alcoholic Root Beer Float) Recipe

  • 1 egg white
  • 1oz heavy cream
  • 1/2oz orange juice
  • 1oz PSW Root Beer Syrup
  • 5-6 mint leaves (torn)

Add all ingredients to shaker and dry shake. Add ice, then shake/strain into coupe or small rocks glass. Add 3oz seltzer slowly, as it will begin to swell and foam. Garnish with grated nutmeg and mint tip.

Recipe courtesy of Graham Gregg, Expatriate, Portland, Oregon.

Boo-Boo Water (a Root Beer Old Fashioned) Recipe
For adults: The warming spices match beautifully with bourbons and rums, and the star anise works well with absinthe.

  • 1 1/2oz overproof rye
  • 1/2oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2oz Fernet Branca
  • 1/2oz PSW Root Beer Syrup
  • 4 heavy dashes Black Walnut Bitters

Stir. Add pinch of salt on rocks, strain over. Lemon Twist.

Recipe courtesy of Graham Gregg, Expatriate, Portland, Oregon.