Homemade Aromatic Bitters

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs | No Comments

Homemade Bitters, Triple Sec, Pickled Onions copyright 2009 Gary Allard
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My sister's baking a chocolate cake for tonight's dessert. I'm baking apple and pear crisps. Mom's brining (yes, that's spelled right!) a ham. The combination of foods will probably be divine, but it may also cause a well-worth-it tummy ache. Thank goodness for bitters. A dash or three of this herb-infused alcohol in your drink should aid in digestion. Not to mention create a well-balanced cocktail.

And we just happened to make some.

Cocktail Recipes with Aromatic Bitters

These mixed drink recipes a tasty with a few dashes of aromatic bitters.

These drinks are delicious with homemade Cherry Vanilla Bitters (yes, we made that too!)

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Learn more about the different kinds of bitters. Order the orange bitters collection from Amazon.


Homemade Aromatic Bitters Recipe

1 bottle 100+ proof grain alcohol, we used Everclear
zest of 1 lemon (the yellow part, use an apple peeler)
40 drops gentian (flower) extract (we found it at Henry's in the health supplements section for $16)
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
2 cubes fresh ginger, peeled, each about the size of Gobstopper
4 whole allspice berries (bulk section of Henry's market)
4 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel (optional)

Combine ingredients in a glass jar with a lid — don't use plastic! Place in a dark place at room temperature and shake every other day for 14 days. On day 14, strain using a coffee filter into a glass container. We used these eyedropper 4 oz bottles. Store in a dark, cool place indefinitely. Fills about 5 bottles.

Recipe adapted from Chow.com — thanks Chow!

For holiday gifts this year, we also made small batches of triple sec, Cherry Vanilla Bitters (great for whiskey drinks!), Irish cream, and pickled onions.

CAUTION: Yes, use caution with alcoholic beverages. You'll live longer and with fewer regrets.

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