- Bittering agents- indredients such as sarsaparilla, licorice root, artichoke leaf, black walnut leaf, citrus peel and dandelion root
- Aromatic/ Flavor agents- just about any herb, flower, fruit or nut (allspice, cardamom, ginger, almonds, coffee beans, cherries, lavender, sage , chilies)
- High proof liquor- 100 proof and grain alcohol is recommended (Everclear or vodka)
- Distilled water for diluting (optional)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Cutting board, knife, vegetable peeler, and/or zester for cutting and peeling fruit
- Knife and/or mortar and pestle for cracking spices
- Measuring tools (cups, spoons, scale)
- Mason jars or other glass containers
- Labels for jars
- Fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filters for straining
- Dropper, pipette, or syringe for blending
- Small funnel
- Bottles for finished bitters
- Place each botanical (bittering agents or aromatic/flavor agent) in a separate jar. You may want to chop ingredients to expose more surface area for better and faster infusion.
- Add liquor to each jar, making sure the botanicals are completely submerged. Cover the jar tightly.
- Label the jar with the contents and date.
- Give each jar a good shake, and continue to shake them once a day.
- Depending on the botanical, infusing time may range from a day to several weeks. Regularly smell and sample each jar; it will be ready when it strongly conveys the ingredient. To smell, put a couple drops of the infusion in your palms, rub them together, and hold your hands up to your nose. To taste, put a couple drops in a glass of still or sparkling water.
- When each jar is ready, strain out the solids. For finer straining, use a coffee filter.
- Using a dropper, pipette, or syringe, start blending the different mixtures together in a small glass or clean bitters bottle. You might use anywhere from a couple drops to a full ounce or two of each mixture. Optionally, you can dilute it with distilled water and/or lightly sweeten it. Try your blend using smell and taste. Give it a few days or weeks for the flavors to really emerge.
- If you didn’t blend your bitters right in the bottle, transfer the mixture to a clean container. It can last for years!
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