Alcoholic Root Beer Recipe - Perfect Homemade Blend

Alcoholic Root Beer

Alcoholic Root Beer Recipe - Perfect Homemade Blend
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 1


Alcoholic Root Beer
Alcoholic Root Beer

Alcoholic Root Beer is a delightful twist on the classic root beer, incorporating a blend of spirits to elevate the traditional soda experience. This recipe combines the herbal sweetness of Galliano with the rich coffee notes of Kahlúa, topped with the fizz of club soda, to create a refreshing and sophisticated beverage. Perfect for social gatherings or a relaxing evening at home, this concoction is sure to impress both cocktail aficionados and casual drinkers alike.


The concept of alcoholic root beer dates back to the colonial era when early American settlers brewed a variety of root-based beverages as a safer alternative to contaminated water. Over time, these recipes evolved, incorporating various herbs, spices, and alcohol. The modern version, as we know it, began to take shape in the 20th century with the introduction of commercial root beer and the creativity of bartenders experimenting with liqueurs and sodas to craft unique cocktails.


How to prepare

  1. Pour Galliano and Kahlúa into a frosted beer mug.
  2. Fill the mug with beer or club soda.


  • For a non-alcoholic version, substitute Galliano and Kahlúa with root beer concentrate and a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent root beer float.
  • Incorporate a shot of vodka for an extra kick.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To ensure the best flavor and presentation for your Alcoholic Root Beer, consider the following tips:

- Use a frosted beer mug to keep the drink chilled longer.

- Pour the Galliano and Kahlúa slowly over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect before topping with club soda.

- Adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit your taste preferences, whether you prefer a sweeter or more robust flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Alcoholic Root Beer in a frosted beer mug with a straw and garnish with a slice of orange or a cherry for a pop of color and added flavor.

Cooking Techniques

The key technique in preparing Alcoholic Root Beer is the careful layering of ingredients to achieve a balanced flavor profile and an appealing presentation. Chilling the beer mug beforehand enhances the drinking experience by keeping the beverage cool.

Ingredient Substitutions

Substitute Galliano with another herbal liqueur if unavailable.

- Use coffee-flavored soda instead of club soda for a deeper coffee note.

- Replace Kahlúa with a homemade coffee liqueur for a DIY twist.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the Galliano and Kahlúa mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply pour into a frosted mug and top with club soda for a quick and easy cocktail.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish with a sprig of mint or a cinnamon stick for an aromatic touch. Serve on a coaster with a vintage design to enhance the nostalgic feel of this classic-inspired beverage.

Pairing Recommendations

Alcoholic Root Beer pairs wonderfully with barbecue dishes, spicy foods, and rich desserts like chocolate cake or pecan pie, balancing the flavors with its sweet and herbal notes.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

This beverage is best enjoyed fresh and does not require storage or reheating. Prepare individual servings as needed to ensure optimal taste and carbonation.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A single serving of Alcoholic Root Beer contains approximately 180 calories, with the majority coming from the alcohol and sugars in the Galliano and Kahlúa.


A serving of Alcoholic Root Beer contains approximately 22 grams of carbohydrates, primarily from the sugars in the Galliano and Kahlúa. The club soda adds minimal to no carbohydrates, making it a suitable choice for those monitoring their intake.


This beverage is virtually fat-free, with negligible amounts of fats present in the ingredients. It is an excellent option for those following a low-fat diet.


Alcoholic Root Beer contains minimal protein, less than 1 gram per serving, as it is primarily a mix of alcoholic beverages and soda.

Vitamins and minerals

While this cocktail provides minimal vitamins and minerals, it does offer small amounts of potassium and magnesium from the Kahlúa. However, it should not be relied upon as a significant source of nutrients.


This recipe is free from common allergens such as nuts, dairy, gluten, and eggs. However, individuals with specific sensitivities to alcohol or caffeine should consume it with caution.


Alcoholic Root Beer is a moderate-calorie, low-fat, and low-protein beverage with minimal nutritional value. It is best enjoyed as an occasional treat rather than a dietary staple.


Alcoholic Root Beer is a versatile and delightful cocktail that combines the nostalgic flavors of root beer with the complexity of Galliano and Kahlúa. Whether served at a party or enjoyed as a personal treat, this recipe offers a unique and enjoyable drinking experience. With its simple preparation and customizable options, it's a fantastic addition to any bartender's repertoire.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is one that will always be special to me. It was a warm, sunny day in the small town where I grew up, and I was visiting my dear friend Mary at her farm. Mary was known for her delicious homemade treats, and on this particular day, she had a surprise in store for me.

As I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the sweet aroma of vanilla and spices. Mary had a mischievous twinkle in her eye as she handed me a frothy glass of what appeared to be root beer. But as I took a sip, I was hit with a warm, comforting burn that could only come from one thing - alcohol.

My eyes widened in surprise as Mary laughed, her cheeks flushed with excitement. "I've been working on this recipe for quite some time," she said, her voice filled with pride. "Alcoholic root beer. It's my latest creation."

I was amazed by the perfect balance of flavors in the drink. The sweetness of the root beer combined with the subtle kick of alcohol created a truly unique and delicious experience. I knew right away that I had to learn how to make it myself.

Mary was more than happy to share her recipe with me, and she guided me through the process step by step. She explained that the key to a successful batch of alcoholic root beer was in the infusion of the alcohol with the traditional root beer flavors.

We started by brewing a pot of root beer using a combination of sassafras, sarsaparilla, and other secret ingredients that Mary had collected over the years. As the mixture simmered on the stove, Mary added a generous amount of her homemade vanilla extract and a splash of bourbon for an extra kick.

The next step was to let the root beer cool completely before adding the alcohol. Mary had a special blend of spirits that she used for her recipe, a combination of rum, whiskey, and vodka that she swore by. As she poured the alcohol into the root beer, she explained that the key was to let the flavors meld together for at least a week before serving.

I followed Mary's instructions to the letter, and after a week of anticipation, I finally got to taste my own batch of alcoholic root beer. The first sip brought back memories of that sunny day at Mary's farm, and I felt a sense of pride knowing that I had successfully recreated her recipe.

Over the years, I have perfected the recipe for alcoholic root beer, tweaking it here and there to suit my own tastes. I have shared it with friends and family, who have all been delighted by the unique and delicious drink.

Every time I make a batch of alcoholic root beer, I am reminded of that special day at Mary's farm and the joy of discovering a new recipe. It serves as a reminder of the importance of friendship, creativity, and the simple pleasures in life.

As I sit in my kitchen now, sipping on a glass of my homemade alcoholic root beer, I can't help but smile at the memories that this drink holds. It may have been Mary who first introduced me to the recipe, but it is now a part of my own culinary repertoire, a cherished recipe that I will pass down to future generations. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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