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Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Recipe

Sarsaparilla is a classic American infusion traditionally made from birch bark and sassafras root. Other countries use different flavor profiles in their sarsaparilla and many are made from sarsaparilla root with a backdrop of licorice and vanilla, which is the direction this recipe takes. Some of the ingredients can be hard to find but I list several websites in the Ingredient and Tool Sources section that can provide them.

This recipe makes a thick, sweet syrup you can mix with club soda, use in cocktails, or naturally ferment (see recipes in Sodas, Shrubs, and Fizzes section in book). Sometimes I will leave out the brown sugar so I can enjoy the infusion without all the additional sugar. It can be served with club soda or as a way to add complexity to cocktails that don't need more sweetness.

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Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Recipe

  • Published: December 09, 2015
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 3 Hours
  • Cooks: 160°F (71.1°C) for 2 to 4 hours

Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Ingredients

For the Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion

2 cups water
1 cup sarsaparilla root
2 tablespoons licorice root
1 tablespoon sassafras root
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cup brown sugar

Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Instructions

For the Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion

Preheat a water bath to 160°F (71.1°C).

Combine all of the ingredients in a sous vide bag or Mason jar then seal. Infuse in the water bath for 2 to 4 hours.

Prepare an ice bath with 1/2 ice and 1/2 water. Remove the bag or Mason jar from the water bath and place in the ice bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the infusion and store in a sealed container. It will last for several weeks in the refrigerator.

If you like this recipe you can get it and more than 140 other inspiring recipes to get you on your way to infusing success. It is all in my comprehensive book Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Infusions - Get Your Copy Today!

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Sarsaparilla Syrup Infusion Recipe

PT180M Ingredients: 2 cups water 1 cup sarsaparilla root 2 tablespoons licorice root 1 tablespoon sassafras root 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise 1 cup brown sugar
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This infused syrup is made from sarsaparilla root with a backdrop of licorice and vanilla. This recipe makes a thick, sweet syrup you can mix with club soda, use in cocktails or naturally ferment.
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Jason logsdon headshot This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm a passionate home cook who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.