After a brief water kefir kick, I have switched back to using a ginger bug for natural sodas. Mostly because I liked how absolutely
explosive fizzy the ginger bug makes drinks. Kefir grains just weren’t my favorite. So I have re-started my ginger bug.
Somewhat unrelated, Trevor’s mother was visiting us from Portland, Oregon this last week for Trevor’s birthday. While she was here, I took her over to Columbia Historic State Park for a visit to see our famous gold-rush local history. For anyone who hasn’t been, Columbia is a teeny tiny town off of CA-Highway 49 and is full of shops selling leathers, furs, moccosins, old fashioned sarsaparillas, gold-rush memorabilia, 1800’s inspired clothes, and….
Of course, this has a sassafras “flavoring” because true sassafras root is illegal to consume in the United States. The original Sassafras root was banned in the 60’s because it contains a substance called saphrole, which was found to cause cancer.
But anyhow— the whole house smells of glorious rootbeer because of this one little bag of sassafras tea! So my plan is to boil some of this sassafras tea with some sugar and then cool it and add in some strained ginger bug to make a homemade rootbeer. Since it smells so much like old fashioned rootbeer, I don’t see how it couldn’t work. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it tastes pre-bottling.
I will also post a recipe and sources for ingredients tomorrow!
If only someone would invent smell-o-vision…