Flavor Pairing — Food + Root Beer = Delicious

Root beer is a classic and versatile beverage. You can wash down meals with it and use it to whip up delicious dishes. When you drink root beer, you’re drinking a concoction of ingredients combined to create this traditional drink.

In root beer, you’ll find hints of wintergreen, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and sassafras bark with some flavors more prominent than others. Pour this creamy beverage with the other ingredients to prepare a mouthwatering meal.

However, not every root beer is the same. You’ll have to experiment with different types of root beers until you find the right one for cooking. We recommend staying clear of root beer with sarsaparilla due to its strong flavor profile. It might overpower your dish.

Check the ingredients in root beer before you buy it. Since root beer is available in a wide range of flavors, you can experiment. Once you have the right root beer in hand, take a chug, and then start mixing and matching it with various dishes to concoct a tantalizing dish. Here are a few popular recipes with root beer as the star ingredient:

Ø  Root Beer and Blueberry Funnel Cakes

Root beer and blueberry funnel cake is a fall dessert, but you can bake it whenever your heart desires.


Funnel Cake:

  • Vegetable for frying
  • 1 to 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (unbleached)
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of sugar (granulated)
  • 1 cup of root beer
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 3/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar

Root Beer Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar and extra for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp. of root beer extract
  • 1 tbsp. of whole milk or half-and-half
  • Fresh blueberries for garnish


Funnel Cakes:

  1. Pour vegetable oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 1” and place it on top of medium-high heat (375 degrees Fahrenheit)
  2. Combine salt, baking soda, flour, sugar, and cream of tartar in a bowl.
  3. Whisk root beer and eggs in a cup and then pour the mixture into the dry mixture. Whisk it until it’s smooth.
  4. When the oil reaches the right temperature, use a large funnel with a 1/2” diameter spout and pour 3/4 cup of the funnel cake batter into it.
  5. Pour the batter in the center of the skillet, and using a circular motion, create a spiral form.
  6. Fry the funnel cake until light brown and then flip it to fry the other side until it’s the same color.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to remove the funnel cake and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.
  8. When the oil returns to the starting temperature, repeat it with the rest of the funnel cake batter.


  1. In a bowl, combine root beer extract, sugar, and milk.
  2. Drizzle the glaze on top of each funnel cake, dust it with sugar, and garnish it with blueberries.

Ø  Root Beer BBQ Sandwiches

If you love root beer and BBQ sandwiches, let’s bring them both together to give you the heartiest and tastiest sandwich infused with the rich taste of root beer.


  • 1 pouch of BBQ sauce mix and dry rub
  • Pickles (sliced)
  • Hamburger buns for serving
  • 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. of boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 onion (medium and chopped)
  • 3/4 cups of root beer


  • Combine the sauce and dry rub mix with root beer, mixing it until smooth and then put it aside.
  • Put the chicken in the slow cooker and pour sauce evenly over it.
  • On high heat, cook the chicken for 3 to 4 hours until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove the chicken and use two forks to shred it and then place the chicken into the pot with the onions.
  • Stir and then cover it, cooking for another 30 minutes.
  • Put the chicken on top of hamburger buns and add sliced pickles.

Ø  Root Beer Cookies

Cookies infused with root beer are an unheard and unusual combination. Root beer cookies exist, and this strange flavor combination will make you into a loyal fan.



  • 1 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of root beer extract
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 2 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups of flour


  • 3 tbsp. of water
  • 1 tsp. of root beer extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup of butter (softened)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add butter and brown sugar into a bowl.
  3. Add one egg at a time into the bowl, beating it well after adding each egg.
  4. Add root beer extract and buttermilk into the bowl.
  5. Combine all dry ingredients into another bowl and then slowly add the wet mixture into it.
  6. Use a tablespoon to drop the mixture on top of an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies have lightly browned.
  8. Put the cookies aside to cool, and as they cool, prepare the frosting.
  9. Add all the ingredients for frosting in a bowl and then beat until smooth and then frost the cookies when they’ve completely cooled.

Ø  Root Beer Float Popsicles

On a hot day, you want to drink cold root beer while you eat ice cream. You can cool yourself off by combining your two favorite loves— root beer and ice cream.


  • 2 to 3 cups of vanilla ice cream (softened)
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of root beer


  1. In a popsicle mold, add 1/2 to 3/4 of ice cream.
  2. Gradually, pour root beer on top of the ice cream.
  3. Wait for the root beer to settle and go down, and then pour some more root beer.
  4. Continue doing this until full.
  5. Cover, add sticks, and then freezer overnight to enjoy tomorrow.
  6. Repeat until full – I had a little bit of root beer left, which I promptly drank.

Did any of these root beer recipes make your mouth water? Were you surprised by the number of ways you can use root beer? Create these delectable root beer recipes at home, but first, find a root beer that you find tasty. Drink some and use some to get the best of both worlds.

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