RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

Bitters is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. A classic cure-all and drink flavoring, if you go to any cocktail bar here in Portland, you’ll find it used in many different drinks. I usually stick to using Angostura or Peychaud’s at home, but after reading this book, I decided to try making my own. I chose two different kinds, orange spice and cherry licorice. Both turned out good! My favorite way to use it is in a champagne cocktail (recipe below). You could also use it to make a Manhattan or Old-Fashioned if you are a fan of bourbon.

To make bitters at home you need to infuse a combination of botanicals and high proof alcohol.

Bittering Agents: Angelica root, birch leaf, burdock root, dandelion bark, gentian root, licorice root, wormwood, calamas root, wild cherry bark, and orris root are all great places to start.

Flavor Agents: Try any combination of allspice berries, anise seed, caraway seed, cinnamon, citrus peel, clove, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, hops, juniper berries, lavender, lemongrass, nutmeg, rose hips, sarsaparilla, or star anise.

You can also use dried fruits, nuts and beans (like cocoa or coffee)

To learn more about making bitters, I highly recommend getting a copy of, A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All: Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Homemade Bitters
 
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Recipe type: Digestive
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • Orange Spice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, cut in half (approx. 1 ½ inches)
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
  • Cherry Licorice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
Instructions
  1. Remove the orange zest in strips with a vegetable peeler and discard the white pith. Combine the zest with the aromatics and herbs in a wide-mouth canning jar. Pour the Everclear over the top and add in the liquid honey and about ⅓ cup of juice from the orange. Cover with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature. Allow to steep for at least two weeks. Give the jar a good shake every other day or so.
  2. After the steeping process is finished, strain into a clean jar using a coffee filter. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

I ordered some 4 oz glass bottles with droppers from Specialty Bottle to package my homemade bitters. Gatsby style labels are courtesy of Evermine. I love the classic, vintage look.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Recipe: Champagne Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 1 glass of champagne
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
Instructions
  1. Place sugar cube in bottom of champagne flute. Add a few dashes of bitters. Top with champagne. Cheers!

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail #diy #infusion #aromaticHas anyone else tried making their own bitters? Do you have any favorite flavor combinations? I think I want to try making a lavender bitters next…

RECIPE: Fire Cider

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

I first learned of Fire Cider while taking Stephanie Perkinson’s Deeply Rooted Cleanse this winter. It’s a homemade concoction said to prevent cold and flu symptoms and boost your immune system. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, congestion clearing and warming. As soon as Stephanie shared her recipe with the cleanse group I quickly went to my grocery store and bought all the ingredients. For me, I always tend to catch some sort of cold bug whenever seasons change. With Spring finally popping it’s head out, I knew this homemade preventative would come in handy.

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy
Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

The base ingredients for this drink are raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey. There are a ton of variations on how to make Fire Cider, but they all contain some sort of pepper, ginger, onion, horseradish, garlic, citrus and herbs. The resulting taste is strong, spicy, sweet and sour. I was afraid to try it at first thinking it would taste awful! But when I gathered up my courage and took a sip, I was surprised that the taste wasn’t bad, but very, very strong and unlike anything else I’ve tasted before.

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Fire cider has been made for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion and increase circulation. You can drink it neat, mix it with other beverages and use it in cooking.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • ½ cup fresh grated ginger root
  • ½ cup fresh grated horseradish root
  • ½ cup fennel, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, smashed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp or more of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Several sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s brand)
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Cheesecloth
  • Quart-sized mason jar
Instructions
  1. Prepare all of your ingredients (minus the cider vinegar and honey). Stuff everything into a sanitized glass quart-sized mason jar. Pour the vinegar over the top, filling it all the way up. Use a piece of parchment or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well.
  2. Store in a cool, dark place for one month. Give the jar a few good shakes every day.
  3. After four weeks, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the Fire Cider into a clean jar. Then add in ¼ cup of raw honey and stir until dissolved. Take a calming breath and taste your cider for the first time. Add more honey to suit your preferences (I ended up adding a lot more!).
Notes
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, take 1 teaspoon three times per day. You can also drink Fire Cider on a daily basis, taking just 1 sip (or teaspoon) in the morning.