Make Your Own Moonshine Bitters
The first recorded definition of a cocktail is found in The Balance and Columbian Repository in 1806. In response to the question, "What is a cocktail?", editor Henry Croswell responded that a cocktail "is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters." Bitters have been an essential ingredient in cocktails since the rise of cocktail culture.Bitters is made with barks, roots, herbs, fruits, spices, seeds, and vegetables, which are preserved with high-proof alcohol. Adding just a couple of dashes of bitters can bring complexity and spice to your cocktails. One way to make your cocktails stand out is with your own bitters. Have fun experimenting with different spices, fruits, and vegetables. Some commonly used ingredients include allspice, anise, celery seed, cherry, & lemon. The possibilities are limitless.
The following is a recipe for homemade basic aromatic bitters, using your own homemade moonshine as a base. You will want to use moonshine at 100 proof or higher for making your bitters.
2 cups of Moonshine
1 cup dried bitter orange peel
Pinch of Ground Cardamom
Pinch of Ground Caraway
Pinch of Ground Coriander
Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar with a lid. Keep in a cool, dark place, such as a refrigerator, for 20 days. Shake vigorously every day.
Strain into another jar using a coffee filter. Then transfer your bitters into dark dropper bottles for storage.
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