Hank’s Spruce Beer aka Pine(apple) Punch

Hank’s Spruce Beer aka Pine(apple) Punch
Photo by Matt Rose

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1 Gallon

  • Syrup
  • 4½ cups water
  • 1½ cups sorghum the darker the better
  • 6 ounces dried juniper berries mortared
  • 2 ounces chopped sassafras root
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 cups dark brown sugar
  • Punch
  • Syrup
  • 12 cups hard apple cider
  • 1 cup club soda


  1. Combine all ingredients except for brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes and then gradually add sugar while stirring frequently.
  3. Let mixture cool, then strain. Store syrup refrigerated for up to 2 months.


Combine 1 part syrup with 3 parts hard apple cider and top with just enough soda to create a foamy head.

  • From Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

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