Rosemary's Root Beer Tonic

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This sweet, bracing drink from Rosemary Gladstar Slick is reminiscent of old-fashioned root beer, due to the sassafras. It has a cleansing, revivifying effect from the dandelion, burdock and sarsaparilla.

  • Makes about 4 cups



  1. Mix together all ingredients and store in a tightly closed container.
  2. In a large pot combine 1 quart of water and 4 tablespoons of dry mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and sweeten with honey or stevia (also called "sweet herb") if desired.


For iced tea, chill the simmered mixture, then dilute it with 1 quart of sparkling water. Serve over ice with a twist of orange peel.