links for 2009-08-11

  • "Stylish ideas and D.I.Y for parties, entertaining, weddings, home décor, gifts, food and fashion."
  • "ROOT traces its heritage all the way back to the 1700s when colonists were first introduced to the Root Tea that Native Americans would drink as an herbal remedy. Brewed from sassafras, sarsaparilla, wintergreen birch bark, and other roots and herbs, Root Tea was used to cure a variety of ailments. As colonial settlers passed the recipe down form generation to generation, the drink grew in potency and complexity. This was especially true in the Pennsylvania hinterlands where the ingredients naturally grew in abundance. These homemade, extra-strong Root Teas were a favorite in colonial homes and public houses all over the northeastern colonies."

    "… an enterprising Philadelphia pharmacist by the name of Charles Hires decided to make a dealcoholised version of the popular drink for Pennsylvania’s hard-drinking coal miners and steelworkers. Hires found success when removing the alcohol from his homemade Root Tea and mixing it with soda water. Root Beer had been born."