Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sarsparilla Whiskers

I finally broke down and bought Root by Art of the Age. A fan of root beer as a kid, I thought Root looked delicious, but I didn’t really have an idea for it. Each time, I just smiled at it and remembered a camping trip in my early 20s with some friends and a bottle of schnapps.

Root isn’t much like root beer schnapps. For one thing, it’s much, much drier. And it’s the real deal: thirteen botanicals including the cane sugar, illustrated beautifully on the back label. And it is indeed delicious, calling to mind other herbal blockbusters like absinthe and Fernet Branca. I thought right away of a rye cocktail.


Sarsparilla Whiskers
  • 2 oz rye (Dickel)
  • 3/4 oz Root
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 dash Bittercube Jamaica Bitters #2
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Lemon twist.

People seem to feel strongly one way or the other about herbal digestifs. Root beer is polarizing as well. (The English people I’ve asked don’t seem to care for it. “Almost spat it out.” Maybe you have to be born in North America.)

1 comment:

  1. A German friend once likened root beer to toothpaste. Perhaps it was the wintergreen? The English aversion puzzles me; I direct you to D&B soda.
    Be well.


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