How to make Orange Bitters

Winter Bitters

Winter Bitters

I love bitters. I love making them, sampling them, and infusing just about anything I can get my hands on to see if it makes sense in bitters (within reason of course). As such, my collection of randomly assorted and labeled jars occasionally means the bitter blends get forgotten on the basement shelf to languish into obscurity. But no more! After recreating an original or classic bitters recipe, it's only fitting that it should be destined for a vessel to showcase your time and patience. Many craft cocktail establishments have embraced the "old-timey" crystal bitters bottles which give their bars a vintage feel and are a great conversation starter whether out at the bar, or making drinks at home with friends. 

Even if you're not into making your own bitters, you can transfer store-bought bitters into the vessel for a more elegant look.  

If you are interested in diving into the world of making your own bitters, the recipes below are simply a starting place, so feel free to experiment with your own blends of spices and flavors.  

Orange Bitters:

350ml Everclear (or high-proof vodka)

3/4 cup dried orange peels

1 1/2 tablespoons coriander

1/2 teaspoon fennel

3 cardamom pods

1 teaspoon gentian.  

Place in a sealed jar and let sit for two weeks. Lightly shake jar once a day, and strain through coffee filter after 14 days into clean vessel.  

Winter Bitters:

350ml Everclear (or high-proof vodka) 

6 whole star anise pods

1 vanilla bean

1/2 tbsp cloves

Place in a sealed jar and let sit for two weeks. Lightly shake jar once a day, and strain through coffee filter after 14 days into clean vessel.