Chowhounds have often lamented that birch juice, a Russian drink made of birch sap freshly extracted from trees, is impossible to find in the United States. But ipsedixit recently tried Alaska's Kahiltna Gold birch syrup, and found it to be a wonderful surprise; she loved the "deep, rich flavor that's sort of a blend between molasses, cola, and spearmint" over ice cream.
And birch soda, or birch beer, is a drink that nofunlatte grew up drinking in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Could a dash of birch syrup in seltzer water re-create this drink? Seems like some experimentation is in order, but ipsedixit says that the Kahiltna Gold stuff is "so good, I'm tempted to just pour it in a shot glass and enjoy it 'neat.'"
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