This section is from the book "A Treatise On Beverages or The Complete Practical Bottler", by Charles Herman Sulz. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise On Beverages.
Simple syrup, 25°, ten gallons; oil of sassafras, five drachms; oil of wintergreen, five drachms; oil of orange, five drachms; oil of cloves, one-half drachm; oil of anise, one-half drachm. Mix well together, and add about sixty gallons of luke-warm water. Color to resemble dark ale or sarsaparilla. Ferment with brewers' fresh yeast eight hours. Bottle in stone bottles or jugs. Ready for use in two days.