Two weeks ago, I picked up a bottle of Root, which is the modern interpretation of a Native American beverage called root tea. By the mid 1800s, root tea became increasingly complex and the alcohol content began to escalate. Once the Temperance Movement (aka No Fun MF’ers!) gained momentum, Charles Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, took the alcohol out of root tea and created root beer (Hires Root Beer was introduced at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia).
The people at Art in the Age thought it would be fun to recreate root tea, and after some experimentation with numerous ingredients, Root was born. Root is distilled from the following ingredients: birch bark, smoked black tea, sugarcane, essence of sassafras, orange and lemon peel, allspice, anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. The flavor is intense, and most people would probably categorize it as medicinal. A licorice flavor is quite prominent, and LimpD said it reminded him of a Smith Brothers Black Licorice Cough Drop. I am a bit of a licorice addict, so I really enjoy the taste of Root (you should see me work through a one pound bag of Good ‘N’ Plenty!).
During my Friday night beer run, I stumbled upon six-packs of Gosling’s Ginger Beer. Since I am a huge fan of the Dark ‘N’ Stormy, I thought it would be interesting to see how the ginger beer would mix with Root. I filled a tall glass with ice and poured in 1 part Root and 2 parts ginger beer. I also added a wedge of lime. I really enjoyed this drink. The herbal flavors of the Root mixed very well with the sweet, spicy flavor of the ginger beer. If you’re looking for something different to drink this summer, give the Root ‘N’ Stormy a try. Think of it as a little bit of Old America and Bermuda in a glass.