Homemade Sassafras Root Beer Recipe


A recipe for homemade root beer made with the roots of sassafras plants, spices, and molasses. Non-fermented version.

What you will need

Several roots (including some green stems) from sassafras saplings, about 30-40 inches worth of 1/4-inch thick roots (enough to fill one cup when you chop them into 1/2-inch pieces)

4 cups water

2 cloves

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds (can sub fennel)

4 allspice berries

1-inch of stick cinnamon

1/4 cup molasses

1 cup sugar

2 quarts soda water


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