Thursday, August 9, 2012

Homemade Dry Ice Rootbeer

It had been exactly 1 year and 2 days since Tony (my hubby) had had any soda of any kind.  His goal was 1 year & he surpassed it by 2 days!:) 

There were doubters...not by me, I knew he could do it, but I thought it would be a lot harder for him than it actually was!!  There were only a few times over the last year that I heard him say "I could really go for a Pepsi right now!"  So proud of him!

So to celebrate the kids thought it would be a great idea to make some homemade rootbeer...one of their favorites!:)  Tony would just rather have a pepsi, but they won & rootbeer it was.

This is the easiest recipe & I love it because you can make as much or as little as you want/need.  And it is just thirst-quenching goodness on a hot summer day! 

And not to mention the kid's love playing with the dry ice when it is "smoking"!

Homemade Dry Ice Rootbeer
For 5 gallons:
5 pounds of sugar
5 gallons of water
1 large jar of Rootbeer extract (I think it was 2.5 ounces)
5 pounds dry ice

Mix sugar with about half the water until sugar is dissolved.  (If you use all the water you will most likely not have a spoon long enough to reach the bottom!)  Fill with the rest of the water.  Add the rootbeer extract and stir to combine.  Put in the dry ice & watch it "smoke"!

Set lid on top of cooler...don't screw on tight, you need to let the "smoke" escape a little.

So, if you noticed the ingredients they are pretty easy to down-size, just in case you don't need 5 gallons of rootbeer!:)  If you want 3 gallons, use 3 gallons or water, 3 pounds of sugar, 3 pounds of dry ice & 3/5th's of the rootbeer extract.  (I know that ones a little hard to measure, but you can always just use your taste buds as well...try it and see if it needs more flavor!) 

So for 1 gallon it's 1 gallon water, 1 pound sugar, 1 pound dry ice, and 1/5th of the rootbeer extract. 

Got it?  Good!!
Now go enjoy a nice cool drink of rootbeer!:) 

Here's Tony enjoying his first in over a year!

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