Spruce beer is a beverage flavored with the needles, or essence of spruce trees.
A British explorer, navigator and cartographer, Captain James Cook made the first alcoholic sugar-based spruce beer during his sea voyages in order to prevent scurvy in his crew. The vitamin C content in the spruce is responsible for spruce beer’s curative properties.Spruce beer is the soft drink, despite its name, is - like Ginger beer and Root beer.
Alcoholic spruce beer may also be made from sugar and flavoring from the spruce tree. Leaves, small branches, or extracted essence of spruce are boiled with sugar and fermented with yeast.
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