Root Beer Syrup - Ingredients
4 oz Sassafras root dried (double if you have fresh)
2 oz Sarsaparilla root dried (double if you have fresh)
1oz Burdock root dried (double if you have fresh)
2 Tlb minced fresh ginger root (highly sprayed so find it unsprayed!)
Black Birch Bark shavings - 1 handful; OR 4-6 fresh Wintergreen leaves; OR Wintergreen Extract 1/8-1/4 tsp
2-3 whole cloves
1 tsp Coriander Seed
1/4 cup Molasses
1/4 Maple Syrup -(Real .... from the Maple Tree please; high minerals and goodness!)
Organic Sugar or Maple Syrup to equal your amount of strained final decoction.
Place all herbs EXCEPT Black Birch Bark or Wintergreen, into a pot and pour cold water over and bring to a simmer.
Simmer covered loosely for 20-25 minutes.
Add Molasses, stir, replace lid, simmer another 5 minutes
Let sit until cool or overnight. This allows all the nutritive mineral to move into your brew.
Strain through cheese cloth or fine mesh fabric.
Congratulations!! This is your root decoction! Taste it. It should be good like this so add a little to some warm water and sip.
Now we will work on giving it a shelf life. Place your measured root decoction in a pot and use a chop stick to measure the level up the chopstick. Bring to a gentle simmer and reduce by 1/3 to 1/2 - this concentrates the flavor and helps preserve. Use the measure on the chopstick to estimate the level as it goes down. Remove from heat and NOW add Birch Bark or Wintergreen and recover for 10 minutes. Now strain and measure this amount in a measuring cup and return to the pot and add an equal amount of organic sugar or maple syrup and warm to mix. So if you have 3 cups, use 3 cups sweetener. Yes, it sounds like too much but it preserves it and tastes good. Chemistry is chemistry. Mess with it and you will have a jar of mold. Remember, you take 1 Tlb at a time when done because you concentrated it.
Now.... Taste it! See below for ideas on how to use.
Pour in clean labeled jars and keep in the refrigerator (up to 6 months). Some process in mason jars and store in the dark until needed.
1tsp-1 Tlb over ice with seltzer and sip.
1tsp-1 TLB stirred into warm water and sipped.
A therapeutic seasonal autumn tonic dose is 2-3 Tlb/ day diluted as mentioned and drink throughout your day. Use each day until your batch is gone. It is absolutely delicious with a fresh squeeze of lime.