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Make Your Own Orange Bitters

Updated: Jan 2, 2022

Cocktail Bitters - what are they and why do we use them? Can you make your own cocktail bitters at home? Of course, you can! And a really delicious one! Well, bitter ones but still! You can use them in your special Old Fashioned, Martinis, etc.


Flavoring agents:

· 10 g dehydrated oranges

· 5 g dried orange peels

· 0,5 g cardamom seeds

· 2 g dried lemon peels

· 12,5 g fresh organic orange peels

· 0,1 g clove

· 0,2 g coriander

Bittering agents

· 1 g gentian

· 0,2 g quinine

Spirits needed

· 150 ml (5 oz) light rum

· 50 ml (1 2/3 oz) Everclear or 96% neutral grain spirit

Mix everything together in one jar, add a label with the date, alcohol content, and the name of the bitters that you're making. Leave it at room temperature for 2 weeks (closed, of course!) and agitate daily. After 2 weeks, strain out the liquid and cook the solid ingredients in water for about 5 minutes. Leave it to cool and use that water for reducing the alcohol content to 45%. Use the PlanetCalc online calculator for the ratio:

Add 10 ml (1/3 oz) of demerara simple syrup, mix and leave to settle for additional 2 days. After that, strain through a coffee filter and use your homemade orange bitters in style! Old Fashioned, anyone?

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