How to Make Sarsaparilla

Introduction: How to Make Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla, love it, best drink ever. Who could possibly ever resist it. However, it is a highly expensive beverage, but this recipe is much cheaper. Enjoy.

Step 1: You Will Need

1 sassafras root

1 ginger root

1 vanilla root

1 licorice root

1 barley grass root

1 lemon

1 birch oils root

1 teaspoon yeast

1 cup sugar

cold water

Step 2: Method

1. Put the sugar into a bottle.

2. Put the yeast into the bottle.

3. Put the roots into the bottle.

4. Fill the rest of the bottle up with cold water.

5. Juice the lemon and put the juice in the bottle.

6. Allow to brew for 4 days.

7. After brewed strain the beverage for wreckage.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Keep in mind that Sassafras root (assafras albidum) is carcinogenic and banned from most commercial use. Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii) is a different, non-toxic, plant.

    You can buy Sassafras root extract that has the toxic safrole removed.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I got told the same thing by my father a couple of weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure you're getting confused. In bullets, for the sake of brevity:

    1.Sarsaparilla is a beverage, and made from the Sassafras root

    2. It's not a carcinogen, and is readily available in health stores.

    3. You're thinking of Safrole oil, which is massively different. Like many things in such a high concentration, it might be poisonous. Might be. Tea tree oil is toxic, yet we all know of the benefits of tea

    4. Lots of spices contain Safrol, and have never been found to cause a problem.


    Reply 6 years ago

    You are also wrong.

    Sarsparilla is made from Smilax regelii, aka Sarsparilla, though you are correct in that sassafras is frequently used in the U.S. to make root beers that are labelled as sarsparilla.

    Safrole, a chemical found in sassafras root (among other things) may be carcinogenic to humans, and as a result, both sassafras and safrole were at one point (and may still be) banned for human consumption by the FDA.

    Your point number 4 is stupid, you cant prove a negative.


    Reply 5 years ago

    You are both right and wrong. In the middle of the last century a study determined safrole to increase the risk of liver cancer after feeding them the equivalent of 32 bottles worth of sarsparilla soda. As a result, all commercially made root beers and teas had to switch from the natural root to another root or artificial flavors. A more modern study has shown a link between low doses of safrole and the self-destruction of certain cancer cells, namely oral cancer. And point number 4 is a good point. Many other spices contain safrole but have gained no attention of the FDA.

    So the real answer is that, as with many thing, the FDA has no friggin clue what the actual long term effects are and if they are overall positive or negative. My opinion is that having a sarsparilla soda from time to time is probably completely safe and possibly helpful. But I am no doctor or scientist and is just my opinion.


    1 what? tbl, tsp? Could you clarify. Also, if using the extraxt vs the root, what is the conversion? Thanks! Really excited to try this!


    7 years ago

    1 what ?