What is Root Beer?
Root beer is a carbonated soda drink with a dark brown color and a flavor that is sweet and tastes like vanilla, caramel and licorice. Originally root beer was made with an herb called sassafras. Today this herb is no longer used and various artificial and natural flavorings are used to recreate the flavor of the sweet and earthy beverage, though sweet is the main taste. It is served cold.
What does Root Beer Taste Like?
...Sweet is one of the five main tastes. It has smooth and round notes in its flavor profile. Sweet is a naturally occurring flavor in many foods, including fruits, berries, winter squashes, sugarcane, and honey. The sweet taste in these foods is due to a higher sugar content. Sweetness is characteristic of desserts and is used as an accent in savory foods.
...Bitter is one of the five main tastes. It has a sharp and pungent profile. Bitter is a naturally occurring flavor in many foods, including coffee, chocolate, bitter melon, and chicory. Bitter is used sparingly to accentuate the flavors around it and can be mellowed by other tastes in both savory and sweet dishes.
...Water is a substance and chemical compound made up of hydrogen and oxygen. It is clear, fluid, flavorless and odorless. Water is a necessity in nearly every aspect of life, including cooking, baking and hydrating the human body. Water can be served as a cold beverage, or at any temperature comfortable to the mouth and skin.
...Corn syrup is made from the starch of corn and is a high glucose product. There are different kinds of corn syrup, high fructose, light and dark. The syrup is viscous and sticky from the sugar content. The flavor is sweet and is used in many food products in America. It is also used in baked goods to improve the texture and add volume. Corn syrup is made to be added to food and not eaten as is.
...Additives are added to food items in small quantities to improve the flavor, change the texture, enhance appearance, or preserve the item. Additives are both natural and artificial. Natural additives have been used for a long time, while many artificial ones were discovered in the 19th century. There are numerous artificial additives including soy lecithin, guar gum, ascorbic acid and sodium nitrite.
...Vanilla extract is a flavoring used in baked goods, candies and drinks. It is made by infusing alcohol with vanilla pods or beans. This mixture sits for some months and is then strained. It is also extracted using heat and alcohol. The result of either is a thin brown liquid that smells and tastes like vanilla. It has a rich and gentle sweetness to its flavor.