4 cups dried sassafras root bark (see Cook's Note)
Maple sugar (see Cook's Note), for serving
Combine the sassafras and 8 cups cold water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and let cool completely. Serve over ice with maple sugar for sweetness, if desired.
Sassafras root bar and maple sugar can be found and purchased online.
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