Herbal Bitters

Herbal bitters are a potent infusion crafted with a diverse blend of bitter herbs, roots, fruits, and spices. These herbs are soaked in high-proof alcohol to allow the flavors and properties to mature and intensify, resulting in a complex and aromatic elixir that delivers a unique taste experience.

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Herbal Bitters Characteristics

Herbal bitters contain bitter-tasting alkaloids that give them their characteristic bitter taste. People have historically used bitters to promote healthy digestion by stimulating their digestive system. They usually consume it in small amounts before or after meals to aid digestion. The taste and composition of herbal bitters can vary widely, depending on the recipe and ingredients used. Bartenders also use bitters to enhance the flavor of cocktails and mixed drinks, adding depth and complexity to beverages. 

Common herbs and botanicals used in producing herbal bitters include gentian, wormwood, dandelion root, citrus peels, cinnamon, cardamom, chamomile, and lavender. Moreover, although traditional bitters usually contain a mix of botanicals with health benefits, modern bitters are popular for their role in mixology. They create unique and flavorful cocktails. 

It is worth noting that the term “bitters” can sometimes refer to non-alcoholic products that offer a bitter flavor profile. These non-alcoholic bitters are often used as flavoring agents in beverages and culinary dishes, providing a bitter or herbal undertone without the alcohol content.

It is important to exercise caution and moderation when incorporating herbal bitters into your wellness routine. Furthermore, this is especially true if you have any pre-existing health conditions or are taking medications. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using natural remedies for their potential health benefits. This is particularly true when it comes to incorporating herbal bitters into your overall healthcare regimen. By doing so, you can help ensure that these remedies are used safely and effectively.


Herbal Bitters Recipe

Here is a simple herbal bitter recipe.

  • 20 grams of elecampane root (Inula helenium)
  • 10 grams of dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale )
  • 12 grams of fresh minced ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 5 grams licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • 2 grams chicory root (Cichorium intybus) 
  • 2 cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) 
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • 1 orange whole and sliced. You can use other types of citrus, like grapefruit, lemons, or limes.
  • Brandy, bourbon or vodka

To prepare, take a quart-sized jar and add the roots, minced ginger, licorice, cloves, and pepper. 

Slice the whole orange and vanilla bean pod, finely mincing it. Add both to the jar. Fill the jar with brandy or vodka, cover, and shake well. Keep on your counter, shaking occasionally. Strain when desired and taste it from time to time. 

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