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Sassafras Bark Root - what else to make root beer

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Sassafras Bark Root - what else to make root beer

vicki_vale | Feb 23, 2005 08:49 PM

Picked up some very fragrant sassafras root bark at the aphrodisia herb shop on Bleeker Street across from Murray's cheese (New York). I would like to try and make homemade rootbeer, starting with a sassafras infusion chilled and sweetened then topped up with soda water.

Research tells me that the core sassafras root contains a naturally occuring known carcinogen, so I do not plan to drink gallons and gallons of this homebrew. I've come across several other variations on root beer ingredients including: sasparilla, wintergreen, ginger, birch, juniper.

Any recommendations for winning combinations? Thanks, 'hounds.

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