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Let's face it: you're already a pro at homebrewing, mixology, and well, imbibing. So the obvious next step to becoming a drinks master is to master the art of bitters. While anyone can throw in a dash of Angostura bitters here and there (don't get us wrong, we still love Angostura), it's a feat to add in your own housemade bitters.

Of course, you won't be a pro overnight. Tobin Ludwig, co-founder of the Brooklyn artisanal bitters company Hella Bitters, says it often takes him 10 or 20 times to get a recipe just the way he likes it. For example, Ludwig recently tried an experimental version of bitters using Johnnie Walker Double Black Label blended whiskey, a spirit that's not typically used in the base of bitters. Adding in cinnamon, orange peel, allspice, genetian root, and a slew of other ingredients to the Double Black, it still took Ludwig and his co-founder seven iterations of the recipe to get the bitters just right. "It takes time, so expect to fail," he says. "I can't tell you how many times we've been hunbled when making a bitter and it doesn't taste quite right." Think of the trials and error of cocktail making, Ludwig says. But much like when you finally nail down the perfect Manhattan or Old Fashioned, there's no better feeling than when you've created the perfect bitter.

So where to start? We asked Ludwig to share his tips on how to make bitters at home. Intimidated? Don't be.

The first step is to try as many bitters as you can, Ludwig says. The two most common types of bitters you'll have are aromatic (much like the Angostura bitters) or citrus bitters. "We call our [Hella] bitters the 'salt and pepper' because they're usually the first two you'll have at your home bar," he says. Once you know what kind of flavors you might like in bitters, you can begin to experiment.

Start with a high-proof neutral grain spirit — "more commonly called vodka," Ludwig says. If this is your first bitters rodeo, it's best to stick with a clear spirit rather than a complex spirit like Scotch or whiskey. You'll want to look for a vodka that's 100- to160-proof (and perhaps the only time we can ever recommend you buy Everclear vodka.) Usually, a high-proof spirit will come in 100-proof, 110-proof, or 160-proof, Ludwig says.

Head to your grocery store to get your ingredients. "The great thing about bitters is that any good grocery store or spice section will have all the ingredients you need," Ludwig says. Some no-brainer ingredients that always do well in bitters? Orange (the peel), lime, grapefruit for citrus bitters, and cinnamon ("almost all bottled bitters have cinnamon in them"), and allspice. One ingredient you may not find in a grocery store, but is the essential backbone to bitters, is genetian root. That's what's responsible for the bitter taste. If you live in New York City, you can always go to a specialty store like Kalustyan's, Ludwig says, or you can order them online.

Start with a little — the ingredients will come out on their own. "Alcohol does such a good job of pulling out these flavors," Ludwig says. So don't overdo it on the orange peel or cinnamon.

Try the "bouquet garni" technique: bundle your ingredients together with cooking twine so it's easy to take them out when it's finished. Brad Thomas Parsons, in his book Bitters, shares that he puts individual ingredients in disposable tea bags, so that you can pull them out separately and let the others continue to macerate.

Give the mixture time. "There's no perfect science" as to when to strain your bitters and begin to use them, Ludwig says. "When you get the flavor that you want, that's when you know." If after a few days your mixture isn't tasting as you want it to, throw it out (that's why it's best to make small batches). "If you're not getting the flavors you want after a few days, there's not much you can do to reverse it," Ludwig says.

Then comes the fun part: mixing it in cocktails. Master of Whiskey for Johnnie Walker Peter O'Connor (who says Double Black label is back), shares how bitters can transform your cocktail, like a classic Old Fashioned. "It's such a simple cocktail, but if it didn't have bitters, it wouldn't be the same," he says. Same goes for a Manhattan: "A Manhattan without bitters is not a Manhattan," O'Connor says. Aromatic bitters bring out the smoky, peaty, flavors of a whiskey like Johnnie Walker Double Black, while citrus bitters may balance out the sweetness of a bourbon, O'Connor says. Bitters are meant to draw out the flavors you want.

Inspired to start? Try these simple recipes for making bitters at home:

Basic Bitters

Saigon Cinnamon and Walnut Bitters


D.I.Y. Angostura Cocktail Bitters

Most of us have heard of Angostura Bitters, and probably have an aged bottle in our pantry somewhere for use in the occasional Manhattan or other classic cocktail. But what are Bitters?

Bitters are the bartenders' secret. They are liquid concentrations of flavors. Some of them have dozens of botanicals -- spices, herbs, obscure roots, leaves, flower buds -- collected, concentrated, extracted into an alcoholic base. Liquid alchemy, steeped in history, folklore, and mythology -- these wondrous and obscure concoctions have come into their own.

A revolution that started with microwbrewed beers and then graduated to microdistilled vodkas, gins and other artisan small-batch products -- now has a new competitive ground: the bitter. The world's best restaurants and mixologists are making their own bitters and using their unique properties -- lemon bitters, spiced bitters, chocolate bitters, even sriracha bitters -- to drive a new level of signature drink.

So, can you make your own? Absolutely! Tracking down the ingredients can be somewhat of a treasure hunt. This recipe also requires a little TLC and patience.

I've tweaked the original recipe inspired by the book " Bitters" by Brad T. Parsons. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of bitters or making your own.

Keep an eye out for my signature chocolate bitters. They should be ready soon! :)


DIY herbal bitters

Ingredients
1 quart vodka
Dried orange peel
Cinnamon sticks
Anise
Cloves
Ginger
Black pepper
Fresh ginger, chopped

1. Add all dry elements to a large mason jar
2. Fill to the top with vodka
3. Let the mixture sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking the jar often
4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the liquid, then add back to your mason jar or a dropper bottle
5. The serving size is flexible: about 1/2 tsp or a splash. Have a few times a day before meals to aid digestion.

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How to Use Digestive Bitters

Digestive bitters can be dropped directly onto the tongue or mixed into a small amount of pure water or sparkling water. If you frequently experience digestive discomfort, we recommend taking one dropperful of bitters (about 1/4 teaspoon) 10-15 minutes before meals.

To relieve gas and bloating specifically, take one dropperful of bitters (about 1/4 teaspoon) 10-15 minutes before a meal to ignite your digestive system.

To relieve heartburn and indigestion specifically, take one dropperful (about 1/4 teaspoon) of bitters immediately after a meal to soothe your digestive system.


How to Make Your Own Cocktail Bitters: Krangostura

Editor's note: You may know Zachary Feldman from his late-night dining column over at Serious Eats NY. But you may not know that in addition to his freelance writing, Zachary is busy running his own small batch bitters company, Bitters, Old Men. Since we've been talking a lot lately about bitters, we asked Zachary to gives us a primer to making your own bitters at home.

Now that cocktails and the often-mustachioed men (and facial-hairless ladies) who make them have been etched into our consciousness by the craft cocktail movement, you can't move a millimeter in even the dingiest of contemporary drink dens without hearing that "B" word: bitters, bitters, bitters. Restaurants and bars are crafting their own concoctions, while enthusiasts and entrepreneurs (myself included) toil away in their kitchens and laboratories for months-long macerations. The spirits world seems to have gone bonkers for bitters. But what are bitters really made of? And how can you go about making your own?

Arguments abound as to the ingredients and processes that constitute true bitters, but we'll make it easy for you: they all require some sort of bittering agent utilized with adequate potency. Classic choices include wormwood, gentian root or quassia and cinchona barks, but as long as your mixture is concentrated enough, you could even make bitters with produce like arugula and dandelion greens.

While the flavor spectrum for bitters runs the gamut—from papaya, to xocolatl mole to barbeque—for the purposes of this post we'll be focusing on a recipe for homemade aromatic bitters that plays well with most spirits. I call them Krangostura.

Aromatic bitters are the most traditional of the species, with the crown jewel being Trinidad's House of Angostura. And while I'd never be so ballsy as to label my Krangostura bitters a true substitute for Angostura—whose recipe allegedly calls for 47 different ingredients—these historically-inspired bitters should perform a similar function. The batch name's unfortunate pun comes from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of my childhood and its disembodied supervillain Lord Krang—the baddest, toughest anthropomorphic brain to ever wear a "human-shaped exo-suit" (Wikipedia, not me).

Equipment You'll Need

  • 750 mL mason jar or other airtight nonreactive container, made of glass or stainless steel. (Available online here or here.)
  • mortar and pestle
  • vegetable peeler
  • mesh strainer
  • soup pot, at least 2 quart capacity
  • cheesecloth
  • Saucepan, 1 1/2 quart capacity or bigger

Choosing Ingredients for Krangostura Bitters

Aromatic bitters are big on holiday spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, but for these I really wanted the clove to dominate. You'll also be using mace, which has a bitter nutmeg flavor with clove undertones, and Indonesian cinnamon, whose low levels of essential oils make it the meekest-flavored cinnamon on the market.

Angostura bitters, as bitter as they are, have a profound sweetness to them as well, so this recipe includes raisins, molasses, and muscovado syrup for depth and the peels of fresh Meyer lemons and Cara Cara oranges for their low acidity to ensure that bright fruitiness without overpowering the spices. If you can't find Meyer Lemons and Cara Cara oranges, regular lemons and navel oranges can be substituted.

Finally, to make this heady brew an actual bitters, there's a healthy dose of gentian (available as chips and twigs from Mountain Rose Herbs) and cinchona bark (available at Kalustyans and Herbs of Mexico.) You can get powdered versions, but they'll be trickier for filtering than the chips and twigs.

You'll start your bitters with the highest-proof neutral spirit you can find. A neutral spirit is important because you want a blank canvas to start with, and strength-wise, the higher the proof the faster and more intense the infusion will be. Choose Everclear 190, Devil's Spring (160 proof), or Polmos Warszawa Spirytus Rektyfikowany (190 proof).

Maceration Method

To make your bitters, you'll add all the spices and molasses to your airtight container and cover with the alcohol, then store in a dark place. Tuck it away in the darkest part of the closet. If you have a Narnia, by all means store it with your friend Mr. Tumnus. Every day, take it out and give it a shake.

Some people create separate tinctures of each ingredient and then blend them to create the final product. This isn't ideal, since the flavors never really get a chance to meld together and develop during maceration, resulting in a product that deals in surface flavors only, devoid of background notes. For this recipe, everything except the citrus (which gets added after two weeks) is combined with the grain spirit at the beginning.

As with everything culinary, it's important to constantly sample your efforts. If any tweaking is necessary, you can add a little more of one thing or another to reach your desired flavor balance. Wait a day or two before tasting again.

Finishing Up

After a month of storing and shaking daily has gone by, maceration is complete, and it's time for the fun stuff—dilution and filtering. Without performing these steps, all you really have is a jar full of wonderful-smelling muck. The first thing to do is strain the jar contents through cheesecloth. Set aside the macerated alcohol. But don't discard the solids!

Put the solids in a 2 quart (or bigger) soup pot. Cover them with four cups of water and bring to a boil to infuse the flavor of the ingredients into the water and burn off any remaining alcohol. Let cool, then strain the infused water into a separate container.

The macerated alcohol that you strained needs to be brought down in proof or else it will taste and smell like Christmasy rocket fuel and all of your hard work will have been for naught. To bring down the proof, you'll mix the two solutions (the macerate and the infused water) together to produce a rough estimate of between 40%-45% alcohol by volume, or ABV. If you're using Everclear, which is 190 proof (or 95% abv), you'll mix your infused alcohol with your infused water at a roughly 1:1 ratio to bring the 95% abv macerate down to 44% ABV. You'll also add some muscovado simple syrup to the mix at this point to sweeten it up.

After mixing, pour some of the bitters into a clear glass container and hold it up to the light. At this point you have two choices. If you're happy with the clarity, congratulations, you've just made bitters! Slap on some vintage duds and get to slinging tipples.

If you're OCD and start to sweat from all of the little particles floating around in your prized creation, then you can filter the diluted mixture a final time, either by passing it through a coffee filter or layers of cheesecloth, or the easier but sloppier option of letting it sit for a day or two until physics takes care of the remaining solid matter, after which you can either decant or use a turkey baster to skim the clear stuff from the top. And voila, you're ready to start making cocktails!

Use Your Bitters

Wondering how to use your Krangostura? Here's a tasty cocktail recipe from Tona Palomino and Jafrul Shahin of wd-50 in New York. The Left Hook »


Steps For Making DIY Aromatic Bitters

Once you have all of your ingredients and equipment together, the steps for making bitters are pretty easy to follow.

Step 1: Add the spices and any other dry ingredients to your infusion jar.

Step 2: Add the spirits and simple syrup to the infusion jar and close the lid tightly.

Step 3: Place the jar out of any direct sunlight and let it steep for 21 days. Shake it every other day

Step 4: After 21 days strain the contents of the jar through a cheesecloth and into dropper bottles.

Congratulations!, you now have bitters that you can use in your favorite cocktails.

Give this DIY Aromatic Bitters Recipe a try and let us know what you think. We always love to hear how it turns out form fellow diyers. Feel free to take picture of your jar and finished bitters and tag us on Instagram! #thebittersclub


The Second DIY Bitters Method: Tincture, Tinker, Tailor

For the utmost control of your flavours, I strongly recommend a three jar approach.

This is the hero element of your bitters, and the flavor you want to showcase most (apricot, lavender, coffee, hops, strawberry, etc)

You are going to simply isolate said element with as many different layers of that flavour as you can (ie. if you are making apricot bitters, try and get dried, as well as fresh fruit, even smash up the pits). Once packed in, fill the jar with a clean vodka of choice, or a very high ABV neutral grain spirit like Everclear. The choice between the two doesn’t matter much, it just becomes a matter of time. 75% liquor will extract quicker than 40% vodka , basically taking days to infuse…not weeks. Agitate every day to maximize surface area contact and taste regularly until desired flavor is present.

These are the supporting cast that lift the profile of your bitters and keep them from being flat. A good mental approach to this when relaying to your base tincture is applying a culinary lens. Say you are making some strawberry bitters a little black peppercorn and dried basil really lift it to the next level. Here is a foolproof set for a good secondary layer to almost any bitter:

  • Dried citrus peel (orange & lemon)
  • Coriander
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Star Anise
  • Cinnamon

Assorted herbs, spices, and botanicals, for DIY bitters

This is what separates the term “bitters” from a tincture. Tinctures are simply an element in alcohol. Cocktail bitters add depth by drying out and spicing with medicinal digestive root barks and herbs. Three common and easily attainable ways to do this are with:

Wormwood – Artemisia Absinthium, the key element in absinthe and traditional vermouths.

Cinchona Bark – The “fever tree” that gave us quinine – the treatment for malaria and the bitterness in a good tonic water.

Gentian Root – The dry, almost dusty ingredient that gives Campari and Suze their signature Aperitif flavour.

*All available at Self Heal Herbs in downtown Victoria

Once isolated in alcohol, and fully extracted…you now have full control to blend your three jars to the desired product. A good ratio to follow for smaller batches is this:

*Based on 3x 500ml mason jars:

-⅓ Jar highlight botanical tincture *good for re-use*

-1-3 Teaspoons bitter tincture (depending on strength of bittering agent)

-Sweetening element *to taste* (agave, caramel, honey, etc)

If using a super-high ABV alcohol like Everclear, feel free to dilute down to stretch the batch to around 40-45%.


Bar Essentials: The Lemon Bitters Recipe You Need to Know

Bitters are the salt and pepper of cocktails. They can emphasize certain flavor profiles, and take a drink from humdrum to complex. While there is a long and growing list of commercial options out there, one of the best ways to get to know bitters is by making your own.

Bitters, at their most basic, are herbs and aromatics infused with a neutral, high- proof spirit. In their earliest days, bitters were marketed as medicinal products chock-full of ingredients to keep you healthy. Liquor was simply a means of preserving and consuming these supplements. Eventually, those flavorful, highly concentrated droppers found their way into cocktails.

The bitters category in the U.S. has grown from two standbys, Angostura and Peychaud’s, to a range of options spanning mole, hops, and ginger bitters. A driving force in craft cocktails, bitters are usually found at higher-end or experimental bars across the country.

“Bitters enhance flavors and highlight other notes to completely change a cocktail with just a few dashes,” Francis Pereira-Billini, the bar manager at the soon-to-open Suyo bar in the Bronx, tells me. “It’s concentrated gusto that you’re putting into the drink — that color, that spice, so many things.”

For the home bartender, a simple collection of the two classic bitters and one custom homemade lemon bitter is more than enough to elevate and transform your creations.

Pereira-Billini and the head bartender at Suyo, Felix Salazar, make more than 10 custom bitters, and have books full of recipes they’ve tested over the past couple of years. I caught up with them to learn the secret to their lemon bitters, a complex potion that tastes like the world’s most sophisticated lemonade layered with multiple levels of spice.

How to make your own lemon bitters

The easiest way to understand homemade bitter production is to think about it in terms of tea, Salazar says.

“You put herbs, roots, whatever in hot water, and after a while the water extracts the properties of whatever it was in,” he says. “Bitters are the same. We use alcohol — which is both an extractor and a preservative at the same time — and age it about a month.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about trial and error. Slight tweaks are magnified over time as the bitter ages and matures. This recipe is a good start.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of high-proof grain alcohol like Everclear or Wray & Nephew overproof rum for a sweeter bitter
  • 10 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinchona bark*
  • 1 tablespoon gentian root*

Cut the skin off eight of the lemons with a vegetable peeler, chop, and put in a Mason jar. Peel the other two lemons and the orange and dry the peels in the oven. Dried skins add sweeter, Fruity Pebble-esque notes.

Crack the cardamom pods and put them in the mason jar with the cloves, chopped lemongrass, coriander, white pepper, cinchona bark, cinnamon, and gentian root.

Fill the Mason jar with Everclear or Wray & Nephew. Put the cap on and shake. Store the jar in a dry place away from sunlight for four weeks, shaking it vigorously for 15 seconds every day.

Strain out the large pieces. The liquid will be slightly cloudy, which won’t negatively impact taste. For a more clear spirit, run it through a cheese cloth and then through a coffee filter.

* Ingredients with an asterisk can be found at natural food stores, Whole Foods, and on Amazon.


Gastronaut: How to Make Bitters

Infused with herbs and roots, bitters add depth and balance to cocktails. Here, the three most important styles.

In this article:

"People say bitters are the salt and pepper of the bar, but really, they&aposre like the spice rack," says Brad Thomas Parsons about one of the most essential, and misunderstood, cocktail ingredients. In his book Bitters, he examines the intensely flavored concoctions and how they&aposre made (usually from high-proof alcohol infused with fruits, spices, roots and barks like gentian and cinchona).

Sometimes still marketed as digestive aids, bitters were once sold as patent medicines they later became a key ingredient in classic drinks like the Manhattan and the old-fashioned. Today&aposs craft-cocktail enthusiasts are resurrecting 100-year-old "lost" bitters recipes and creating out-there new flavors, such as Mexican mole.

To understand how bitters can enhance a drink, Parsons suggests mixing a Manhattan with and without them: "One will be beautiful, and the other will be overly sweet and cloying." Here, he shares recipes for bitters, inspired by what he calls "the holy trinity"𠅊ngostura (woodsy and spiced), Peychaud&aposs (anise-scented) and orange𠅊long with recipes for cocktails and dishes that use them.


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If you’re a fan of cocktails, you’ve probably noticed the bottle with an oversized white paper label perched near your bartender’s station. This is Angostura bitters, the quintessential cocktail bitter that’s integral to drinks like Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. Next to the bottle of Ango (as bar folk call it) you’ll find at the very least two other bitters bottles with paper labels. These are Peychaud’s and Regan’s Orange, and together with Angostura they make up the holy trinity of bitters.

But today there are dozens, if not hundreds, of bitters on the market, putting the essence of everything from lavender to whiskey barrels to salted caramel in the hands of professional bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts worldwide. And while you should purchase the classics — Ango, Peychaud’s, and Regan’s Orange — because their recipes are kept well protected, you can actually make your own cocktail bitters, just as many bars do.

Bitters are essentially tinctures: high proof, neutral grain alcohol infused with herbs to create a specific flavor or effect. According to the brand Angostura, Angostura bitters, the first to be bottled and distributed, were created by Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert in the 1820s to help settle the stomachs of seasick sailors. Peychaud’s was used for similar health benefits in the mid 1800s in New Orleans. The recipes are kept strictly under wraps (and trademarked), but both have earthy, cinnamon-y notes and both are thought to aid hangover queasiness.

Contemporary recipes for bitters use the basic tenets of these 19th-century classics — alcohol plus herbs — as guides for making everything from spiced apple to xocolatl mole bitters. The process is simple and takes between two and five days to complete: After combining the ingredients in a jar, taste the mixture once or twice a day, and then give the jar a shake. When the liquid has reached your desired level of flavor, you simply strain out the herbs, spices, or fruits you’ve used and bottle the completed bitters for future cocktail experiments.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

Grain alcohol

While it’s possible to buy bitters that are completely alcohol-free (the Fee Brothers bitters line is entirely non-alcoholic and uses glycerin instead of grain alcohol), to make classic bitters, you’ll need hard liquor. It’s the alcohol that extracts the flavors of the botanical elements you’ll be adding, and while any alcoholic beverage can be infused with botanicals or other flavors, the higher the ABV the better. Every college student’s worst nightmare, Everclear, with its complete lack of inherent flavor and 76 percent ABV is actually a great option.

Angostura bitters are 46 percent alcohol-by-volume (ABV), or 92 proof: a full shot will definitely increase your blood alcohol level. Because bitters are used most often in dashes, though, their alcohol content in a mixed drink or cocktail is negligible.

Mason jars

Batch size doesn’t need to be precise when it comes to making bitters, but the more liquid you have, the more herbs you’re going to need. Bitters are meant to be concentrated, so you probably won’t need a whole gallon-sized container. Having several, pint or quart Ball jars will allow you to keep multiple bitters batches “cooking” at once, letting you experiment with flavors more efficiently.

Flavors: Herbs, spices, fruits, or flowers

The world is your playground when it comes to picking and choosing which bitters flavors you want to make. Leaves, spices, fruit peels, and seeds are the most commonly ingredients for successful infusions. (While you can make bitters with fresh fruits, it’s much more difficult to create the super potent flavors you seek.) The more natural the source the better tasting the tincture. Alcohol leaches the flavors and colors from whatever is added to it if your botanicals are heavily treated with pesticides, preservatives, dyes, or anything else artificial, that’s going to end up in your bitters, too.

For your first batch, try something spice-based. Not only are ingredients like cinnamon and allspice easy to come by and infuse fairly quickly, these flavors can be used in several different cocktails. Evoking the earthy spiciness of Angostura, homemade cinnamon/allspice bitters can add a nice personal twist to Old Fashioneds or Manhattans, or a layer of complexity to drinks like gin or amaretto sours. Note that there are two ways to approach an infusion with multiple flavors. Let’s say you want to make chamomile and lavender bitters: You can either add both herbs to the same jar or make lavender-only and chamomile-only infusions and combine them to create exactly the flavor you want.

Some trusted bitters-making botanicals to get you started:

  • Herbs and flowers: Think about what works well in tea, and hit up a tea shop like David’s Tea or Mem Tea for loose leaves of chamomile, hibiscus, lavender, lemongrass, or rose. Farmer’s markets are great for fresh herbs, like mint or rosemary.
  • Spices: Be sure to use “whole” spices, nothing ground, from a trusted organic brand. Allspice, cardamom, celery seed, dried chiles, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger, juniper, nutmeg, peppercorns, star anise, and vanilla beans provide a broad range of flavors. Coffee beans and cacao nibs are good options too.
  • Fruits: Fresh or dried citrus peels, like lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit or dried fruit, like figs or raisins all work well for infusing.
  • Nuts: Pretty much any nut will make a decent bitter, but they should be toasted first to augment their flavors.

Glass bottles with droppers

Storing your finished product in the right bottle is super important. You’ll need a glass, amber bottle with a screw-top eye dropper to easily dispense teeny-tiny drops of bitters into your drinks. The amber color helps keep out light: Sunshine, heat, and air are the three most destructive elements for alcohol. You can get these Boston round bottles from online herbs and spice shop Mountain Rose Herbs in a variety of sizes. It’s also a good idea to purchase a small funnel for easy transfer from mason jar to eye dropper jar.

Labels

Lastly, make sure you have some basic self-adhesive labels on hand so you can identify which tiny amber bottle has which tincture in it. With these supplies on hand you’ll have a broad and flourishing collection of homemade bitters in no time.


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