Treat The Family To Lost Trail Days 2020

For years, people visited the Louisburg Cider Mill Country Store, knowing about our famous cider and lemonade, but had no idea that we made our own Lost Trail Root Beer.

Our Lost Trail Days are an annual event dedicated to the delicious history of our line of flavorful sodas. The event is totally free and is a fun, family-friendly event that explains our history and process of making soda from start to finish.

This event is only hosted twice per year. Don’t miss out!

Lost Trail Days

June 20 & July 18

9 am – noon

Maximum 15 people per tour


History of Lost Trail Soda

Our Lost Trail Soda is crafted the old fashioned way. Inspired by the travels of Joe Marshall, the great-great-grandfather of Shelly Schierman, one of our founders, Louisburg’s Lost Trail Craft Sodas are brewed right here at the Cider Mill bottling plant. Our draft style, the micro-brewed process ensures smooth and creamy authentic old fashioned flavor.

The Lost Trail line started with one soda: Root Beer. According to family folklore, the original recipe (which we still use today) was inspired by the very first formula for root beer, which Joe Marshall experienced along the Santa Fe Trail in 1848.

Our delicious Lost Trail Root Beer was such a favorite that it wasn’t long before other Lost Trail soda flavors “hit the trail”. Today, we have an extensive line of delicious flavors that everyone will love, like:

  • Root Beer
  • Diet Root Beer
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Strawberry Cream
  • Orange Cream
  • Ginger Brew
  • Black Cherry
  • Sugar Cane
  • Cream Soda

See Our Process in Action

During Lost Trail Days, we give our customers an opportunity to see how we make our craft soda, where we make it, and taste all the flavors. We use a micro-brew, draft style method that ensures an old fashioned tasted and a high-quality product. And during Lost Trail Days, you can see it in action.

If you’ve never enjoyed the old fashioned flavorful qualities of these beverages, a delicious experience awaits you!

Here’s what you receive when you RSVP for Lost Trail Days:

  • History lesson of Lost Trail Soda
  • Demonstration of how it’s made
  • Delicious 9-flavor flight: Root Beer, Dt. Root Beer, Sarsparilla, Strawberry Cream, Orange Cream, Ginger Brew, Black Cherry, Sugar Cane, and Cream Soda

This year, we are limiting our free Lost Trail Days event to just 15 people per tour to protect our employees and our guests. Because of this, we are not accepting any walk-ins, and families and groups must reserve their spot beforehand by either calling 913-837-5202 or sending an email to with a time and date preference.

Reminder: This event is totally free! Just reserve your spot!

We can’t wait to share our tasty history with you!

Wild Rice-And-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 small cinnamon stick

  • 2 large cloves garlic, 1 smashed and 1 chopped

  • 2 c. wild rice blend

  • 1/2 c. Louisburg Cider Mill

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 4 scallions, chopped

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cinnamon and smashed garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add rice and toss to coat. Add Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider and 2 1/2 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 15 to 17 minutes, adding cranberries during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and beginning to brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Add chopped garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar and parsley.

Add scallions and onion mixture to rice and toss to combine.

Chewy Apple Cider Cookies

  • 1/3 cup room temp butter 
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 TBSP Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider

In a large mixing bowl add the butter (let become room temp and soften if it’s not already) mix in the sugar to the butter, then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well.

Add in the dry ingredients and mix well, place in the fridge for 1 hour (or overnight).

For tall balls (cylinder shaped tall dough balls instead of the traditional round short ball) and place on the baking sheet.

Place in the oven and bake for 15-16 minutes. Remove and let cool completely at least 20-30 minutes before moving them so they can finish baking and setting.

Mix up the glaze in a small bowl and drizzle over the top of the cookies.

Easy Apple Cider Chicken

2 C Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider

1/3 C Brown Sugar

2 Tbs Ground Cinnamon

1 Tbs Lemon Juice

1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

6 Chicken Breast halves

Preheat oven to 425º F. Whisk apple cider, brown sugar cinnamon, lemon juice and nutmeg in a bowl. Place chicken breast in a single layer in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Pour apple juice mixture over chicken breasts. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake chicken breasts in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center an the juices run clear, about 1 hour. When thermometer inserted temp should read 165º.

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs


1 lb Ground Beef

1 Egg

1/4 C Bread Crumbs

3 Habaneros minced (seeds optional depending on desired heat level)

2 Garlic Cloves, grated

1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, grated


24 oz. Lost Trail Root Beer

1 C Louisburg Cider Mill Honeycrisp Apple BBQ Sauce

Mix all the meatball ingredients in a bowl. Shape your meatballs and put them on a sheet tray. Broil to brown, about 7 minutes. Flip them and broil 5 more minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Add the Root Beer to a pot and simmer lightly for about 20 minutes until it has reduced and become slightly syrupy. Add in the BBQ sauce. Add in warm meatballs and stir well. Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve.