Primarily used as a flavoring for beverages, Sarsaparilla Root refers to two separate genus of plants, one native to South Asia, the other native to Central and South America. It is traditionally used in cordials and tonics and can be prepared as a hot tea or cold beverage. It has a root beer-like flavor with hints of vanilla, wintergreen and licorice.
To prepare as a tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb to 8 oz. water in a pot. Cover and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, strain and serve immediately.