Why Sarsaparilla and not Root Beer
Why not simply call it "root beer"? ThisTo 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 I don't know exactly but I do know it is based on the Sassafras root and Birch bark, I don't care for wintergreen and that is what I get from Birch bark. Traditionally flavored root beer has the flavor of sassafras, and it hasn't been legal to use in modern sodas. Sassafras, according to the FDA, causes cancer in rats, so there may be a chance that humans are susceptible to 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