J. Edgar Park’s Aromatic Bitters No. 1

J. Edgar Park’s Aromatic Bitters No. 1
Make your own bitters to invigorate your beverages.

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Ingredients:
  • 375ml of 151 proof grain alcohol
  • 375ml of 100 proof bourbon
  • zest of one lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 tsp. quinine extract (from a health food store)
  • 1/8 tsp. wormwood extract (from a health food store)
  • 2 tsp. Tellicherry peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a 2″ piece of fresh ginger root
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/8 cu. dried cherries
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, with its seeds scraped and reserved to add to jar
  • 1/4 cu. raw sugar
Directions:
1. Put all ingredients, except for sugar, in a large glass jar, closing it tightly.
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2. Store jar in a cool, dark place for thirteen days, shaking it daily.
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3. On day thirteen, filter liquid into a clean jar through a sieve, reserving solids.
4. Place filtered solids into a saucepan, along with 1/2 cu. of water. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes, in order to extract maximum flavor.
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5. Strain simmered liquid through sieve or cheesecloth, and then combine with other jar of liquid.
6. Filter liquid through a coffee filter or Aeropress to remove small particles.

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7. Heat sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until it caramelizes and froths.
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8. Add burnt sugar to the bitters liquid. Shake jar until burnt sugar dissolves, then let bitters cool.
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9. Bottle the bitters using a funnel and or squeeze bottle.
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10. Apply bitters directly to your tongue to relieve the fantods, or enjoy a dash or two in most any drink for added flavor harmony.

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