A few weeks ago I posted about the first step to making bitters at home, which involved making extracts. Now I am going to detail the second step, which entails combining all of the extracts you’ve made into different-flavored bitters. After using up all my extracts, I actually ended up filling only 11 of the 12 dropper bottles I’d purchased, and I am pretty sure this was due to the fact that the dried fruits I’d used for the fruit extracts took up a good amount of volume in the 4 oz mason jars, so they weren’t actually filled with 4 ounces of liquid extract once the fruit pieces were removed. In fact it was more like 2 ounces of apple extract and 2 ounces of date extract. But after doing some calculating from various websites, you can find a better deal buying in bulk with a dozen dropper bottles than buying 11 individually, so if you did buy a dozen then congratulations! You now have an extra dropper bottle to do whatever you would like with, the possibilities are endless!!
|Vanilla extract holder? No problem! Need to add something very concentrated to something else and the unit of measurement should be even smaller than a 1/4 teaspoon? Problem solved!!!|
I also suggested the option of skipping the first step and just going out and buying a bunch of extracts. If you’re doing this, make sure you cover the bases of the three flavor components of bitters: a bitter root or bark, a dried fruit or vegetable, and an herb or spice. The best place to find pre-made extracts for more uncommon flavors is Mountain Rose Herbs’ tincures index, they also have extract for the bitter root Gentian which I used as one of my bitter flavor sources.
I used some extracts I had sitting around in the cupboard as well as the ones I made from scratch, but will mark the extracts I added in for kicks in italics. Now to the fun part, where I combined all the flavors! I would have to say that my favorite of the bitters I made was the Bloody Mary Bitters. It added just the right zing to my favorite cocktail. The Aegean Bitters went really well with Dark Rum & Orange juice, too!
And please, don’t feel constrained by the flavors listed here. The most fun part is experimenting with flavors you like, which is of course different for everyone. Feel free to switch out extracts or come up with your very own mix of flavors. If you do I would love to hear about it! I need some inspiration for my next batch, any suggestions or ideas are more than welcome!
1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract
Key Lime Pie Bitters