There are many kinds of root beer in America. Root Beer is a classic American creation that had its beginnings in local farms back in the 1800's. Root Beer originally was a beverage that had a very light alcohol content. Local farmers brewed root beer for social occasions like family get togethers and cookouts. Eventually after root beer was commercialized, this beverage became alcohol free.
All modern gourmet root beer is modeled after the original local farm recipes or the early commercial non-alcohlic recipes. The original root beers were flavored with Sassafras Root. The FDA banned Sassafras Root and Sassafras extracts like Safrole Oil under the guise of stating that Safrole is a carcinogen. In reality, it would take tons of Safrole to cause cancer in a human being. The testing can be compared to the standing record of biased testing of natural medicinal products that is backed by pharmaceutical industry lobbyist dollars.
The real reason why the FDA used the carcinogen classification to ban Sassafras is twofold. Red Sassafras Root does pack a little kick if it is boiled as a strong tea. This is because MDMA precursors are part of the Sassafras chemical make up. MDMA is better known as the Ecstasy Drug. Sassafras in no way compares to the strength of the drug, but it does elevate a person's mood to a good state of well being and socializing becomes easy to do.
The other reason why the FDA ban is in place is because of environmental reasons. Tons of natural drug seeking freaks in the 1960's and 1970's were ripping up every Sassafras Tree in sight, just to gather red Sassafras Root Bark. This is because they thought the tea would get them high.
Honestly, I have drank Red Sassafras Root Bark Tea that was purchased from a legal source and it is definitely not worth uprooting a tree. Just regular green Asian tea with a good amount of honey provides nearly the same effect. Because of Sassafras Tree depletion back in the early 1970's, states like Missouri had to enact statutes to protect wild Sassafras Trees. The FDA ban ensures that these aromatic trees are not harvested to the point of extinction.
As a result of the FDA ban on products that contain Safrole, Sarsaparilla and Root Beer no longer pack as much of a pleasant feeling as they used to. Sassafras can be distilled to remove Safrole and the Safrole free Sassafras tea is legal for using in recipes like root beer.
There are plenty of other natural medicinal ingredients that have always been part of classic root beer recipes. Horehound Root Bark, Birch Bark, Cherry Tree Bark, Wintergreen and Licorice Root are just a few of the natural ingredients found in classic root beer that have beneficial medicinal effects.
Modern craft breweries and gourmet soda companies have been making some high quality root beer in recent years. Many of the craft root beer recipes are based upon age old hillbilly, Penn Dutch or farmer recipes. I have always been a root beer fan and there honestly is no better soft drink as far as satisfaction is concerned. Old Fashioned Root Beer is an American tradition that will continue into the future because of craft breweries and gourmet soda companies that have high quality standards.
Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer
Some of the modern craft root beers feature exotic ingredients from South America. Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer is made with Brazilian Guarana, which packs a potent caffeine energy kick. This makes Dead Red Root Beer perfect for an afternoon energy booster. This root beer contains herbs, extracts and caramel. The color is dark, like a classic root beer, but the Guarana causes this root beer to look reddish brown when poured over ice cream when making a float.
Like nearly every modern gourmet soft drink, only cane sugar is used as a sweetener in Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer. There is no corn syrup or GMO corn syrup in the recipe.
Nationwide brand name soda manufacturers could not care less about the health of consumers, so these companies make soft drinks with corn syrup, just to extend profits. Corn syrup is as artificial as it gets and corn syrup consumption is the leading cause of diabetes in America. I feature no corn syrup soft drinks in this recipe website and as a chef, I do not sell national brand sodas that contain corn syrup to customers. In fact, in my next restaurant venture I plan to make hand crafted soda syrups and market gourmet soda creations to customers. Viola! No more caving in to national brand soda distributers!
Anyway, Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer will satisfy any root beer fan's tastes! The flavor has hints of wintergreen and guarana that is combined with complex root, herb and spice flavors. This root beer has a flavor that inspires thought of the grand old age of Caribbean pirates and tropical breezes. Combining this root beer with Thai Banana Ice Cream to make a float was a natural thing to do!
Finding information about Jack Black's Dead Red Root Beer is not as easy as it seems. Finding this great craft root beer on shelves at a grocery store is next to impossible. Modern liquor and wine stores often stock gourmet sodas. I found bottles of Dead Red Root Beer at Total Wine & More in Las Vegas. This root beer is available at internet beverage stores too. On the Dead Red Root Beer Label a website address was provided for more information and this hyperlink leads to the Real Soda Company Website: Real Soda
Thai Banana Coconut Ice Cream:
I seriously doubt that any ice cream manufacturer makes this flavor. This is an ice cream flavor that has to be made in a home kitchen or restaurant! Here is a link to the recipe:
Dead Red Root Beer and Thai Banana Coconut Ice Cream Float:
Place 2 scoops of the Thai Banana Ice Cream in an old fashioned 16 to 20 oz soda glass. (About 3 ounces per scoop)
Slowly pour chilled Jack Black's Dead red Root Beer into the glass, till a foamy head appears.
Place a straw in the glass.
Spear a maraschino cherry with a fancy cocktail umbrella and place it in the straw.
Garnish with sprig of mint.
Serve the extra root beer left in the bottle on the side.
Serve with a long handle sundae spoon.
Thai Bananas, Coconut and Dead Red Root Beer ... It all adds up to one great tasting pirate ice cream float!