Homemade Soda: Anise Licorice Root Beer Recipe

Enjoy the bold flavors in this delicious Anise Licorice Root Beer recipe.

| August 2012

  • Nothing beats a tall, frothy glass of homemade root beer.
    Photo By Aran Goyoaga
  • Experience the fizzy excitement of “Homemade Soda,” a cookbook with 200 recipes that bring soda to the home kitchen; it’s perfect for adventurous home cooks, home brewers who want to expand their repertoire, DIYers and parents looking to have more control over their family’s sugar consumption.
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Star anise, licorice root and vanilla bean are combined to create the perfect root beer in this Anise Licorice Root Beer recipe. This recipe is excerpted from Homemade Soda (Storey Publishing, 2011) by Andrew Schloss, a comprehensive guide filled with vibrant colors, punchy graphics and recipes such as Ginseng Soda and Orange Honey Ginger Ale. 

Anise Licorice Root Beer Recipe

Star anise, the dried star-shaped fruit of an Asian evergreen, is pungent with the aroma of licorice and hints of clove and cinnamon. Together, star anise and licorice root create a flavor so full-bodied and powerful that just a few ounces will flavor a whole barrel of root beer. In this aromatic soda I have amended the licorice-anise partnership with vanilla bean for its floral top notes, clove for depth, and brown sugar for mellowness.

Anise Licorice Syrup Recipe
Enough for 1 gallon brewed root beer

• 4 1/2 cups water
• 4 ounces dried licorice root, chopped
• 4 star anise
• 3 cloves
• 1 vanilla bean, cut into three pieces
• 4 cups dark brown sugar
• 2 tablespoon maltodextrin (optional)



1. Combine the water, licorice, star anise, cloves, and vanilla bean in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally; let simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Blend the brown sugar and maltodextrin (if using), and gradually add the mixture to the simmering syrup, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then remove from the heat, let cool, and strain.

2. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.



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