This Vanilla Vodka Root Beer is a boozy version of my favorite drive-in drink. A simple mixed cocktail that's a bit out of the ordinary, you'll make it again and again.
I have always loved root beer. As a small child, my mom worked at our local A&W drive-in, so it was pretty much inevitible. In high school, I loved to drink a fancy brand that came in a brown glass bottle, and I'd often get strange stares from people before their realized I was drinking a harmless soda. And I can't even tell you how much money I used to spend on vanilla root beers from Sonic. But I haven't had one of those since 2009.
And root beer is pretty much an alien concept here in Scotland. You have to go to places that import American soft drinks to even have a hope of getting one. From something that used to be completely ubiquitous in my life, it's now become a treasure. I get a surge of joy and nostalgia everytime I see one. It's a little taste of home, and for that, this simple soda is sacred.
What makes Vanilla Vodka Root Beer so awesome?
Sure, you could add some vanilla syrup to a can of root beer to make that Sonic classic, but if you're gonna do that, you might as well add vanilla vodka and make it a party. As food bloggers, we sometimes tend to overcomplicate things, but the truth is, I'm mostly drinking a spirit and a mixer because I'm lazy. This just happens to be a simple combination that feels really special.
If you have some half and half or cream, you could also pour a bit of that into your drink to give it more of a root beer float flavor. Root beer is both sweet and somehow sharp, with its grassy sassafras notes. Vanilla is the perfect compliment, deepening the flavor even more. There's something about it that just makes me so happy.
Magical Properties of Sassafras
Recipes for root beer vary widely, but one thing they all tend to have in common is sassafras (although it's usually made with synthetic flavoring these days). In magical practices, it's used for protection and cleansing as well as love spells and sex magick. It can be used to make incense or tea. One old spell also indicates it carries prosperity energy. Simply keep of piece of sassafras bark in your wallet to draw in money and protect against poverty. (Sources: Star Child, Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes)
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Ready for a nostalgic drink that's all grown up? Give this Vanilla Vodka Root Beer a try.