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Bitters Recipe

Bitters are an alcoholic preparation made from neutral alcohol infused with various herbs and spices. Often used in cocktails to add a bitter-sweet element.



  • Cut open your vanilla bean and scrape out all the seeds. Add your vanilla pod and seeds into a clean glass jar. Add your orange peels breaking them into small pieces. Then add the remainder of your botanicals.
  • Add your neutral spirit to the jar. Ensure all your botanicals are covered.
  • Combine alcohol and botanicals and seal the jar. Store in a dark place for 4 weeks and shake daily.
  • After 4 weeks, open the jar and strain the liquid and botanicals through a muslin cloth
  • Set the liquid aside and put the leftover botanicals into a small pot.
  • Add 4 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Allow the pot to simmer for 15 min, then remove it from the heat and allow it cool completely.
  • Strain the botanicals and infused water through a muslin cloth. You can now discard the leftover botanicals.
  • Combine infused water and alcohol
  • Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of muscovado sugar in a pot, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool
  • Add 3/4 cup of syrup to your infused alcohol and water mixture and combine.
  • If the product is slightly murky, strain again until you reach the desired clarity
  • Your product is now ready to be bottled.

Tip: Bottle into small dropper bottles which can be used to add small amounts to cocktails