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You’ve tasted birch beer, but you may not know that one of the world’s most popular soft drinks was conceived in America during Prohibition as an alternative to the alcoholic root tea (a popular recipe taught to settlers by Native Americans in the 1700s). Now, Philadelphia-based Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction has revisited the origins of birch beer with Root, an authentic American liqueur.

But don’t confuse this with an immature kids’ drink. Root packs a wallop at 80 proof, and it’s been heralded by some as one of the most invigorating new elixirs in recent memory. Its aromatic blend of birch, peppery herbs, baking spices and vanilla delivers a clean taste with lots of flavor.

Root is 100-percent USDA-certified organic. Its ingredients—which include anise, pure cane sugar, spearmint and other North American herbs—are all natural. It can be enjoyed on the rocks, as a shot, or mixed with Scotch, beer or clear spirits.

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