So. . .
What's the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla
(I had to look up "sarsaparilla" in the dictionary, for the spelling, and it was defined as "a tropical American plant; a soft drink made from its root.")
So then, of course, I had to look up what it said for "root beer", which was the following:
"A carbonated beverage flavored with syrup made from the extracted juices of roots, barks, and herbs."
Maybe sarsaparilla is just taken from the root of the sarsaparilla plant, while root beer is a mix of a whole bunch of stuff.
Or, then again, maybe it's a regional thing--different names for the same thing. I know I don't see sarsaparilla here in Oklahoma, but I saw it a bunch during a road trip of the western U.S. a couple years ago. Got some, of course, and it tasted pretty much the same as regular old root beer (to me, anyway).
Anyone got the low-down? All I know is, if they're the same exact thing, I'm going to start saying "sarsaparilla" instead of root beer, because, I'm dumb, and I just think it sounds cooler.