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Rootini Cocktail

Rootini Cocktail

As a food blogger you get gads of information thrown at you about food, which being a food blogger you love.  About a month ago I read an article about this fairly new liquor that had come out called “ROOT”, consequently I had noticed the bottle at the spirits shop the last time I was there.  Which obviously means their marketing works.

So, I marched back to the spirits store, talked to my new friend behind the counter, who wasn’t really all that friendly when I first started frequenting the little spirits store, but she has warmed up to me – I think.  She even gave me the idea for my cocktail I will be sharing next week.  We are become fast friends, me and the “spirits lady“.  You think she minds me referring to her as the “spirits lady”???  hmmm, we will keep it a secret, she scares me a little!

Anywho, I tried the ROOT liquor and YOWZA!  Yes, Yowza is a word Urban Dictionary says so, I know because I wasn’t sure how to spell it so I looked it up! 🙂  It is a word signifying approval!  I approve.

So what is ROOT?  I wanted to know too, this is what I found out.  The Native Americans taught a Root Tea recipe to settlers in the 1700s. Over generations, the tea grew in potency, particularly in Pennsylvania, which is naturally replete with necessary ingredients like anise, birch bark, cloves, cardamom, and spearmint. During the Temperance Movement, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol and ironically rechristened it Root Beer.

Rootini Cocktail

Then along comes ROOT’s creator Steve Grasse and his goal was to create something personal – growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Grasse had always loved root beer. “Spirits tend to have these wild stories of origin based on exotic places. Some of the weirdest, most exotic people I know live in Lancaster county.”  Instead of paying bars and bartenders to push the stuff, Grasse went grassroots. He placed Root at farmer’s markets, where he would lay out the herbs for people to smell, and have samples in which people could dip bread to try it. His efforts seem to have paid off. Root is spreading throughout the US, and Grasse has since rolled outSnap, a ginger liquor, Rhuby, based on rhubarb, and Spodee, a high-alcohol, herbed wine distributed in milk bottles.

So there you have it.  Go buy a bottle and you can have a little YOWZA this weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces ROOT
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar
  • Dash of heavy cream

Directions:

Rim martini glass with lemon, place sugar on small plate and place martini glass down into sugar to cover rim.

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In a martini shaker filled with ice add ROOT, vanilla, squirt of lemon juice and dash of cream.  Shake and pour.  Drink then its YOWZA!

Rootini Cocktail

Root liquor

Rootini Cocktail

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces ROOT
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar
  • Dash of heavy cream

Instructions

  • Rim martini glass with lemon, place sugar on small plate and place martini glass down into sugar to cover rim.
  • In a martini shaker filled with ice add ROOT, vanilla, squirt of lemon juice and dash of cream. Shake and pour. Drink then its YOWZA!
Course: Cocktail

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8 comments on “Rootini Cocktail”

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

    An unfriendly spirits girl??? Now that’s a conundrum. 😉
    THanks for the review and recipe. Seeing as that I’m part Native American, even if only 1:100, I think it’s my duty to give this liquor a try. 😉

    1. You must must try Gwen. I am slowly winning over the unfriendly spirits girl. I see it as a challenge at this point. 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this post because my husband and I were given a bottle of root as a gift once. We loved it and at one point tried (and failed miserably) to make a cocktail with it. We’ll have to try this next time!

  3. Great Idea! I am out of ROOT but have a dribble left of SNAP and plenty of RHUBY to give this a try. ROOT is my favorite of the 3.

    1. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
      Amy Stafford

      Oh Penny, I have been looking for the Rhuby, no one seems to carry it around here. Is it fabulous??

      1. I would have liked a stronger fruit flavor in the RHUBY. Believe it or not I have been using it in baking as an extract in baking and making ice creams and sorbets. This summer it could find it’s way into my glass with the addition of
        good local fruits. I ordered all 3 and had them delivered. ART in the AGES changed RHUBY’S name but appears to be the same recipe. I didn’t know about SAGE…

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    5 stars
    I doubt this is available in Australia but I’m DYING to try it. We don’t have root beer either but sarsparilla is close to the taste of American root beer. I might have to get someone in my family to send this to me. 🙂

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