"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
¾ C. sugar ¾ C. hot water 1 tsp. root beer concentrate or extract 1 (1 liter) bottle seltzer water or club soda
Combine the sugar and hot water in a 1 1/2 quart pitcher, stirring with a whisk until the sugar dissolves into a syrup. Let stand until slightly cooled, about five minutes. Stir in the root beer concentrate until blended. Gradually pour in the seltzer water or club soda. Pour over ice and serve.
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