Root Beer Syrup

I'm not a huge fan of pops. For the most part I find them too sweet, to the point where they kind of make my teeth hurt. I find exception, however, in ginger beer and root beer. The combination of extreme aromatics and the tingling sensation of bubbles is so satisfying on a hot day.

Root beer in particular holds a special place in my heart. I have memories spanning well into adulthood of getting foam on my nose while drinking floats with my grandpa. It felt right, then, when I moved in with Matthew to find that he had a whole container in the cupboard dedicated to root beer making roots. It's amazing it's taken this long to get around to trying my hand at a homemade syrup, but boy was it worth the wait.

Use a tablespoon of this syrup mixed with a glass of sparkling water. Or go crazy and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the mix. I trust you to make the right decision.

* all of these ingredients are available at Famous Foods in Vancouver or most health food stores

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PS - believe me when I say the black cocoa powder makes all the difference here.

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The rules of Apricot Jam

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