Root Beer Tea Recipe

This tea has all the flavor of root beer, and can ease some health complaints.

Summer 2018

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    Root beer tea is less rich than a root beer float, but it's still full of the flavor that makes the dessert a favorite.
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Yield: 4 one-cup servings

This simple, slightly sweet, slightly spicy tea is great for gout or psoriasis, or to manage hormonal swings.


  • 2 tablespoons sarsaparilla root
  • 1 tablespoon sassafras bark or root bark
  • 1 tablespoon chickory root
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, ground or chipped
  • 1 quart water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart stockpot.
  2. Bring to a boil, keeping the pot covered. You’ll need to allow steam to escape occasionally, as the saponins in the sarsaparilla will create soap bubbles that will try to escape and make a mess.
  3. When the water boils, reduce the temperature to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, keeping the pot covered as much as possible.
  4. Remove from heat, strain, and serve. 

Learn more about sarsaparilla in Sarsaparilla: A Cure for What Ails You.