Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Popby Stephen Cresswell
This book has some interesting
(to say the lest) recipes in it. From standard old fashioned Root Beer to sodas involving vinegar. The book also goes over a bit of history of soda, and also includes an overview of equipment used (if carbing w/ yeast) The author feels that for soda to be truly 'old-fashioned', soda must be brewed with yeast for natural carbonation. The book also touches upon roots and shrubs, even how to tap a tree!
Here is a list of the recipes in the book:Basic Root Beer
Basic Ginger Ale
Root Beer extract to make 8 galOld Fashioned Root Beer
Rich Root Beer
Licorice Root Beer
Straight Fork Birch Beer
Virgin Islands Ginger Beer
Chinese Ginger Beer
Ginger Lager uses hops & lager yeastTen-Root Spring Tonic
Lemon Lime Soda
Mint Lime Cooler
Cherry Lemon Soda
Cherry Vanilla Soda
Cherry Sassafras Soda
Cherry Cinnamon Soda
lemons and cherriesWhite Tigers vanilla coffee and milkCream Soda
Kvass black bread & peppermintRaspberry Shrub white wine vinegarMolasses Switchel cider vinegarMulled Ginger Apple AleElderflower ChampagneMulled GrapeadeDandelion Champagne
Harvest Beer apples, raisins, cinnamon, clovesHalloween Root Beer served with dry iceMulled Black Walnut Cider
Wintertime Cinnamon Shrub
There is a variation of almost every recipe in the margins. At the end of the recipes there is recipes for coffees, sherbets, and mixers.
Overall this is a great book as a reference, It opened up my eyes to different types of soda I didn't even know existed. However I don't think I'll be making any of the recipes with vinegar any time soon. The book even gave me a few ideas for brewing beer. For the price of the book (~$10) its worth adding it to your collection.