What is the difference between root beer and birch beer (because they sure do taste the same)?
#16645. Asked by ThirstyParchedDryThr. (Feb 15 02 12:52 AM)
Birch Beer: A carbonated soft drink flavored with herb extracts, traditionally |
of birch tree bark. See:
The names are derived from how this drinks USED to be made, flavored with the
roots of trees. no companies really do this anymore, but you can if you really
want to try. the way I see it is this: birch beer came from birch trees,
sarsaparilla came from sassafras trees and root beer came from one or more of
many different trees, most often the sassafras tree. See:
Root Beer information. See:
Created in the mid-1800s by Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Hires, the original
root beer was a (very) low-alcohol, naturally effervescent beverage made by
fermenting a blend of sugar and yeast with various roots, herbs and barks such
as SARSAPARILLA, SASSAFRAS, wild cherry, WINTERGREEN and GINGER. Today's
commercial root beer is completely nonalcoholic and generally contains sugar,
caramel coloring, a combination of artificial and natural flavorings (including
some of those originally used) and carbonated water for sparkle.
Dating back to the late 1800s, this American carbonated drink (usually
nonalcoholic) is flavored with an extract from birch bark. It's sweet and
similar in flavor to root beer.
Originally derived from the dried roots of tropical smilax vines, this flavor
is usually associated with a carbonated drink popular in the mid-1800s. Todays
sarsaparilla products - including the no-longer-popular soft drink - use
artificial flavorings. See:
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