Dandelion and Burdock is a traditional British fermented beverage. I'm told that as late as the 60s it was still being hawked by horse and cart, in stone flagons, in some parts of the UK.
That was probably the real deal.
But the dark brown, carbonated stuff we used to knock back was commercially produced and probably contained no natural dandelion or burdock root.
It's an odd flavour to describe - tannin, cola, citrus, dry, catches the back of the throat; a hint of "Liqufruta" cough medicine or that resinous quality you find in some Merlots. But I've only ever tasted the commercial stuff.
It has enjoyed something of a revival in the UK over the past few years.
Wikipedia says "Dandelion and burdock shares a historical origin with a number of drinks originally made from lightly fermented root extracts, such as root beer and sarsaparilla."
I have no idea what sarsaparilla tastes like.
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