DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor – A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More

February 14, 2020 - Comment

Make your own bitters at home to enhance your medicine cabinet, and your bar!Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are made by combining various plant botanicals and/or spices with 100-proof alcohol and letting them sit until the bitter and medicinal qualities have been extracted. Just a small amount of the resulting liquid can then be

Make your own bitters at home to enhance your medicine cabinet, and your bar!

Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are made by combining various plant botanicals and/or spices with 100-proof alcohol and letting them sit until the bitter and medicinal qualities have been extracted. Just a small amount of the resulting liquid can then be used to stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy digestion. This is why “apertifs” and “digestifs” are so popular–both then and now!

DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home, to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics, and even main meals.

Herbalists Jovial King and Guido Mase, owners of the bitters company Urban Moonshine, teach you how to make recipes for classic bitters like orange and angostura, or explore more innovative bitters like elderflower-echinacea-honey and chocolate love tonic. You can even find a guide for creating your own unique flavors from the plants and ingredients you have on hand.

Whether enjoyed as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, bitters are back!

Comments

Anonymous says:

One of the best resources I’ve seen on Bitters. I really appreciate not only the recipes in this book in how to make one’s own bitters, but also recipes for how to use them, and they why different herbs are used for different kinds of maladies for different bitter blends. It’s an incredibly well laid out, accurate, and user firendly resource that I’ll be sure to have on hand for a very long time.

Anonymous says:

Great resource I really love this book and am excited to start making my own bitters and extractions. The book is very informative and explains the why and how of extraction. It has helpful pictures, describes mouthfeels, tastes, and so many other things you never thought about while tasting.I also love the combination of medicinal tinctures as well as bitters to make better cocktails. Sometimes they can be both! I’m especially excited to make their digestive bitters, as it would be more cost effective…

Anonymous says:

From the Founders of Urban Moonshine – Great Book This is a really great book written by the founders of Urban Moonshine. It gives a bit of history of bitters and why they were/are used. The book covers everything for the beginner – from what sort of equipment is needed, the herbs/spices used, to where you can get supplies. It goes over the properties of the bitter herbs and how they can be used. Clear and easy to understand all the way through your first batch. There are also many interesting recipes included for interesting drinks and uses…

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