How to Make Cardamom Bitters to Spice Up Your Holiday Drinks

Spice up your cocktails this winter with your own Cardamom Bitters. The spiced bitters will enhance almost any holiday cocktail - even those that don't normally call for bitters. Just add a few dashes to bring the seasonal flavors of cardamom, nutmeg, and pepper to your favorite drink.


1 lemon peel
1 cup Moonshine or Whiskey, divided
2 Tbsp cardamom pods
2 whole nutmeg
1 Tbsp black peppercorns


In a small Mason jar, add lemon peel and 1/2 cup of your spirit of choice. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

Grind and crush cardamom pods, nutmeg seeds and black peppercorns, using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Add ground spices to an 8-ounce Mason jar and pour 1/2 cup of your spirit over the top. Tightly seal the jar with the lid and shake vigorously. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days, shaking vigorously once a day.

Using a fine-mesh sieve and a coffee filter, strain the lemon peel and spice jars into a brown or dark-colored glass jar with an eyedropper lid to help preserve color and flavor. Shake vigorously once the jar is sealed tightly.

Spice Up Your Seasonal Cocktails

Adding a few dashes of your homemade cardamom bitters will bring a warm winter touch to your hand-crafted cocktails. Try adding them to your classic cocktails such as a Hot Toddy, Manhattan, or Old Fashioned. Or simply add a few dashes to your warm mug of hot chocolate, along with a shot of Moonshine or Whiskey.

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