The other day, we covered some basic information about bitters: what they are, how to use them, etc. While there are some classic manufacturers of bitters, many of which make a great product, you may want to try making your own bitters. Making your own bitters at home is more involved than infusing your own vodka or making your own homemade gin. However, these DIY projects do have some similarities. Though making your own bitters is more involved, it doesn’t require any special skills. Anyone can do this!
Make Homemade Bitters in 12 Steps
Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups grain alcohol (Vodka is good, but Everclear is ideal.)
- 1 cup dried orange peel, minced
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- Put all your spices and grain alcohol in a glass jar. Seal the jar, shake it, and put it on a cool shelf away from light for fifteen days.
- Shake the jar vigorously once per day.
- After 15 days, strain the mixture into another jar, using a cheesecloth to separate the spices and dry beverage ingredients. Give the cloth a good squeeze to extract all the alcohol. (Keep this alcohol.)
- Muddle the dry ingredients so they’re totally broken down.
- Put the dry ingredients into a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and bring it to a boil. Drop down to a simmering temperature for 5-7 minutes.
- Put this water and spices admixture back into the original jar for five days, shaking once per day.
- After five days, run the mixture through a cheesecloth, and toss the dry ingredients. Add this infused water to the grain alcohol.
- Cook down the sugar (with water) in a saucepan until it is liquid and dark brown.
- Let it cool, and then add it to the jar of alcohol and infused water.
- Seal this mixture again, and let it sit for five days. (We’re at day 25, almost done!)
- Strain into a container. Add half the amount of water as “bitters” to the final mixture to dilute it.
- Bottle up, and enjoy!
Ready for a Cocktail?
Put those bitters to good use in our Little Italy Fire drink recipe. This cocktail is heavy on the bitters, so you’ll really get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Speaking of fruits, be sure to pick up a bottle of Amoretti Premium Apricot Syrup for making this cocktail!