By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jun 10, 2020 at 1:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

On Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m., OnMilwaukee will be hosting a very special Facebook Live happy hour featuring guests from Sprecher Brewery, along with a few other special visitors.

The theme of the happy hour revolves around Sprecher root beer, a versatile beverage that appeals to the "kid" in all of us. And you’re encouraged to join us with a root beer, root beer float or root beer cocktail in hand! 

In case the idea of a root beer cocktail strikes you with a sense of intrigue, but you haven’t the slightest idea how to make one at home, I’m rounding up some ideas that you can easily whip up with ingredients from your own home bar.

1. Ultra easy root beer highball

You don’t need myriad ingredients to make a great spiked root beer drink, and these combinations are proof of that. Each one requires just two ingredients, which can be poured together over ice.

2 ounces bourbon, rum, spiced rum, vodka or Fireball
6 ounces Sprecher Root Beer
Optional: garnish with orange peel or sprig of mint

Just pour the spirit into an ice-filled Collins-style (tall) glass, add the root beer and stir slowly to incorporate (you don’t want to destroy the carbonation by agitating it too much). Garnish and serve.

Notes on your choice of spirit:

  • Bourbon: The rootbeer dampens the sweetness of the bourbon, pulling out notes of vanilla and anise
  • Rum: Underscores the vanilla flavor in both the rum and the root beer
  • Spiced rum: Capitalizes on the spices in the root beer
  • Vodka: Gives you a spiked drink that lets the root beer shine
  • Vanilla vodka: Offers flavor that’s bit like a root beer float
  • Fireball whiskey: Enhances the spiciness of the root beer

2. Root beer old fashioned

4 ounces SoulBoxer Brandy Old Fashioned
Sprecher Root Beer
Optional: garnish with skewered orange and cherry

Pour SoulBoxer into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with root beer. Garnish and serve.

3. Root beer White Russian

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
1 ounce cream
Sprecher root beer

Place the vodka, coffee liqueur and cream into a shaker with ice. Shake to combine. Strain into a short (rocks) glass filled with ice, leaving some room at the top. Top with root beer.

4. Boozy root beer "float"

3 ounces cream liqueur (Milk & Honey, Rumchata or Kringle Liqueur)
Sprecher Root Beer

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour cream liqueur over the ice and top with root beer.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.