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Rosemary's Root Beer Tonic

Author/Submitted by: Source: Vegetarian Times, April 1993. Shared by: Norman R. Brown From: Bob Emert
Servings: 4
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

3  ounces  Sassafras Bark, dried
2  ounces  Sarsaparilla, dried
1  ounce  Dandelion Root, dried
1  ounce  Burdock Root, dried
1/2  ounce  Ground Ginger
1/2  ounce  Ground Cinnamon
1/4  ounce  Orange Peel, dried

1. Mix together all ingredients and store in a tightly closed container. In a large pot combine 1 quart of water and 4 tablespoons of dry mixture. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey or stevia (also called "sweet herb") if desired. Makes about 4 cups.

2. Variation: For iced tea, chill the simmered mixture, then dilute it with 1 quart of sparkling water. Serve over ice with a twist of orange peel.

This sweet, bracing drink from Rosemary Gladstar Slick is reminiscent of old-fashioned root beer, due to the sassafras. It has a cleansing, revivifying effect from the dandelion, burdock and sarsaparilla.

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