Surely there was an easier way to go about this – at least that’s what we were thinking as we looked at the hundreds of pounds of organic Sarsaparilla root we needed to make The Washboard. Our first task – getting the Sarsaparilla root from its bark-like form into smaller pieces (this helps more of the Sarsaparilla flavor to come through). Our poor old school kitchen blender was hardly up for this task, but when it was done we steeped an apple cider blend with the Sarsaparilla and a touch of vanilla. This combination gives the cider a mild earthy flavor, offset by warm, creamy notes of vanilla and caramel. The final product – The Washboard – is herbaceous and dry with a long lasting creamy finish that is reminiscent of rootbeer without the sweetness. 5.5% ABV.