Pop Art Soda

Sarsaparilla

Our Sarsaparilla is 100% natural root and spice, brewed and unfiltered. Most likely you've never had a sarsaparilla this flavor, The main root, of course, is the sarsaparilla root in a blend with burdock, ginger, licorice and dandelion roots, wild cherry and cinnamon barks, then rounded out with star anise, vanilla and clove. I've been known to use cardamom, coriander, basil.

Why Sarsaparilla

Why not simply call it "root beer"? To tell the truth, I like the flavor of sarsaparilla root better than the flavor of your average contemporary root beer. Root beer flavor is largely wintergreen, and I'm not a fan. Traditionally flavored root beer has the flavor of sassafras, and it hasn't been legal to use in modern sodas since the 70s. Sassafras, according to the FDA, causes cancer in rats, so there may be a chance that humans are susceptible to the safrole.

I like to keep my sodas free of artificial flavors and colors. I also want you to know exactly what you're getting, so you won't find the umbrella statement "natural and artificial flavors" in my list of ingredients. by Chef Rob