For July 4th I made Root Beer Ice and Vanilla Ice Cream for the family gathering.  My mom can’t eat sugar, so I wanted to make a sugar free root beer ice to go with the sugar free vanilla ice cream I made for her.  The root beer natural extract that I bought from The Spice House doesn’t contain added sugar which allowed me to make the sugar free version of the root beer ice. Unfortunately, it seem The Spice House no longer carries this extract.

I used a Stevia blend in place of sugar in the recipe.

Bring your choice of sugar substitute, water and lemon juice to a boil.  Stir constantly while the sugar substitute dissolves into the water.  Remove the pot from the heat and add in the root beer extract.

The natural extract I have doesn’t have any coloring in it. My attempt at making regular root beer ice with the natural flavor tasted really good, however, I made a mistake when adding food coloring to turn it brown.  I ended up with pink root beer ice.  The color wasn’t horrible, but it did look odd.  Since the sugar free version root beer ice was the second attempt, I think I got the coloring better.  Just add about equal amounts of red, blue and yellow food color until you get the brown that you desire.

Then allow the root beer mixture to chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.  Once chilled, mix in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer instructions.

I slightly over mixed my sugar free root beer ice since it was a really small batch ( I had halved the recipe).  That caused it to look a bit icy when I scooped it out.  The flavor though, was really good especially for a sugar free recipe.

Sugar Free Root Beer Ice


  • 1 cup sugar substitute
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp natural root beer extract
  • Red, blue, and yellow food coloring


  • Mix sugar substitute, water and lemon juice in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes. Stir in root beer concentrate.
  • Add equal amounts red, blue and yellow food coloring to make as brown as desired.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled.
  • Pour into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. A_Boleyn

    The liquid version of your root beer ice looked very good but it really whitens a lot during freezing which can be disappointing. I’m sure there’s some industry work around but it’s better to keep it as natural as you have. And a sugar free version so your mom can enjoy it is wonderful.

    1. Joshua

      I think I need to darken it more next time knowing that it will lighten. Or just leave it clear.

      1. A_Boleyn

        I understand wanting that lovely amber brown colour of root beer but I’m sure whatever you decide on will be delicious.

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