Riddle me this: What alcohol is not rum or vodka, but is distilled from sugar cane and neutral grains? Purportedly, Root. Certified USDA-Organic, Root’s recipe is a whirlwind of botanicals, including Birch bark, smoked black tea, wintergreen, cinnamon, and cardamom, and has quite a storied past. Allegedly, the recipe was Native American, passed down to colonial settlers and was served to Pennsylvania coal miners. It’s difficult to get to the root of this weird spirit, but Root was made in an attempt to “recreate a pre-temperance alcoholic Root Tea”. Whatever it is, at 80-proof, it's certainly got more of a kick than A&W.