It may come as a disappointment to some (eg. you, Lynn, but no doubt others as well) that I have not forgotten the Root Beer Project. Rather, I have been awaiting the delayed arrival of my root beer selections from the Soda King. The order is finally on its way-I got the email notifcation on Wednesday, and, sorry, but my fascination has been rekindled. (Not that it was ever de-kindled; it's been lying in wait all along.) I have, however, sort of forgotten why I thought that tasting various root beers would help me decide how to brew my own, especially since the ingredients listings on the bottles are the last word in vague.
It will be fun (for me, at any rate) to taste them all, and try to find one approximating the root beer of my dreams. Maybe then, with some help, I can try to identify the most important ingredients. I figure we can have some pretzels to clear our palates, like fancy wine tasters, between bottles, make notes on little tablets...then finish off the remaining root beer with some vanilla ice cream. This is a pretty good reward for the note-takers, in my view, because IMHO, the root beer float (a/k/a "Brown Cow") is the queen of ice cream drinks. It has an old fashioned charm, and I love the weird creamy foam, neither soda nor ice cream, which is generated when you mix the ice cream and root beer.
Results will be reported when tallied. Stay tuned-or disregard-as you will. All root beer posts are clearly labeled, in case you wish to avoid them.
Directions For Brown Cow: Put a scoop of nice vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Pour chilled root beer over ice cream. Serve with a straw and a spoon with a long handle. (Iced tea spoons are good for this, if you have them. I do, even though I do not have a full set of soup spoons for my everyday flatware. They do not disappear as fast as other utensils, because I use them much less often, and because, even stuck in the back of a drawer, they are conspicuous.) Eat, drink. Be Merry.
Whoo hoo-the root beer is arrived!