Sarsaparilla Bitters

(Makes about 8 ounces)

Combine in glass jar:

1 cup vodka

1 teaspoon sassafras root bark

2 teaspoons sarsaparilla root bark

1 teaspoon wintergreen leaf

½ teaspoon licorice root

1 whole star anise

1 teaspoon crushed ginger

1 sprig spearmint

2 teaspoons mild molasses

¼ vanilla bean

Steep 10 to 12 days, strain, and filter.

Add:

2 ounces simple syrup, or 1 tablespoon agave syrup, or 1 ounce Grade B maple syrup.

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