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What is sarsaparilla?

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What is sarsaparilla?

Remember Sunday morning cartoons when Yosemite Sam walks into a bar and orders a SAS-pa-RELla? Ever wonder what that is? Or maybe you're lucky enough to have tried a refreshingly cold mug of sarsaparilla at some point. Maybe you thought it tasted a heck of a lot like root beer. Well, it basically is a type of root beer. Sarsaparilla is made from the root of Smilax ornata, a vine native to parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Root beer can be made from numerous plants, though most modern flavors use winter green extract combined with other...

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Warm Soothing Ginger Ale

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Warm Soothing Ginger Ale

Winter is just around the corner and so are promises of pesky colds. Long known as a remedy for coughs, sore throats and indigestion, ginger ale can and should be enjoyed warm when it's nippy outside. Flat ginger ale is a little easier on the tummy while the heat can relieve sore throats. Simply warm a bottle of ginger ale in a sauce pan until warm. A word of caution, though, due to the high sugar content of ginger ale, don't boil. This will be way too hot and will definitely scald your mouth. We like to add a lemon...

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Asian Ginger Ale BBQ Sauce

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Asian Ginger Ale BBQ Sauce

Here's an easy and delicious recipe for an Asian-inspired sauce for pork, chicken, beef or vegetables. It's quick to assemble and will last for several weeks in the fridge (if it lasts that long). The key is to use a high quality ginger ale that has real ginger as an ingredients. The real ginger will add a spicy kick to the sauce. Make it as spicy as you like by adding more chili or even red pepper flakes. Here's what you'll need: Asian Ginger Ale BBQ Sauce 1 bottle (12 oz) good quality ginger ale 2 T honey 1 T...

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Mocha Float

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Mocha Float

Try this refreshing treat using 2 scoops coffee ice cream and topped of with Hosmer chocolate soda. It tastes just like a Frappuccino.    

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We test a classic "Soda Pop Cake"

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We test a classic "Soda Pop Cake"

We've all seen the old soda pop cake featured on Pinterest many times. Many of you probably ate some growing up. I was not so fortunate and was curious about this seemingly "too good to be true" recipe. In it's most basic form, it is simply a box of white cake mix and a bottle of soda, mixed and baked according to the package directions. This seemed too good to be true and I did actually run across a few less-than-favorable reviews of this "recipe". Curiosity finally got the best of me and I decided to try one for myself....

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