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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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