Aromatic Bitters Recipe
Similar to Angostura bitters, these bitters utilize oranges, gentian roots, peppercorns, and cherries that mix together to make a noticeable yet subdued addition in many of your favorite drinks.
Zest of 1 medium orange
750ml of Everclear or high proof grain liquor
35-40 Drops gentian root extract
1 Teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 Cinnamon stick (3 to 4 in)
1 1/2 in piece fresh ginger, cut in large pieces
4 Whole allspice berries
4 Whole cloves
1 Cup water to dilute (optional)
Put the heaviest dry ingredients into a medium to large infusion or tincture jar, and the softer ones on top (e.g. allspice, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon first, with peppercorns and orange zest later). Pour in the Everclear and add the gentian root extract. Allow ingredients to infuse for four to six days, and shake the jar at least once per day. Check the ingredients’ scent daily to ensure they’re infusing well. When the tincture smells strong, filter out the solids with a mesh strainer. Test a couple drops of your bitters in a drink or with some water. Dilute your bitters with the water if it’s a little too strong.