Old Fashioned Root Beer Recipe- Nourishing and healthy

Homemade Root Beer Recipe

A simple and nourishing fermented homemade root beer (non-alcoholic) with herbs and beneficial cultures.



  1. Put the sassafras root bark and wintergreen leaf in a large pot on the stove. Add cinnamon, coriander, and allspice if using.
  2. Add the 12 cups of filtered water and turn on high heat.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs.
  5. While still warm, add the sugar and molasses and stir until dissolved.
  6. Let cool until warm but not hot.
  7. Add the lime juice and then then ginger bug or other culture and stir well.
  8. Transfer to grolsch style bottles or jars with tight fitting lids and allow to ferment for several days at room temperature.
  9. Check after two days for carbonation. When desired carbonation is reached, transfer to refrigerator and store until use.
  10. Enjoy!


If desired, the following can be added to the original boil but they are not needed: 2 cloves, 1 Tablespoon licorice root, 1 Tablespoon grated ginger root, 1 Tablespoon hops flowers, 1 teaspoon of anise or fennel

Courses Beverage

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 73

% Daily Value

Sodium 15 mg


Total Carbohydrates 8 g


Dietary Fiber 0.1 g


Sugars 6.4 g

Protein 0.1 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by Wellness Mama® at