Sassafras Tea Recipe

Serve this Sassafras Tea Recipe hot or cold over ice, with lemon and mint sprig.

Sassafras Tea Recipe

The rots of the sassafras are dried before being used to make this Sassafras Tea Recipe, and the leaves can be dried and ground to make filé powder.

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Sassafras Tea Recipe

4 pieces sassafras root, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch diameter
2 quarts water
Sugar or honey

Gather sassafras root. Wash roots and cut saplings off where green and where root stops.

Bring water to a boil and add roots. Simmer until water turns deep brownish red (the darker, the stronger).

Strain through coffee filter into pitcher, to prevent sediment.

Add sugar or honey to taste.

Serve hot or cold over ice, with lemon and mint sprig.