Hess House Bitters is the results of the first attempt of Robert Hess attempt to re-create the recipe for “Abbott’s Bitters”, an excellent cocktail bitters which unfortunately hasn’t been made for perhaps over 50 years. Robert, fortunately, has several bottles of original Abbott’s stashed away, and so had a starting
A bitter recipe of supposed Russian origin, however the veracity of the information is debatable. The recipe still looks quite usable. Ivan Bitter Essence Recipe: Nutmeg 4 oz Allspice 4 oz Ginger 8 oz Juniper Berries 10 oz Angelica Seed 10 oz Cassia Cinnamon 10 oz Cloves 12 oz Galanga
An aperitif bitter that originated in Holland. Underberg bitters were once marketed as “Underberg Boonekamp Bitters” so should be a good example of this style of bitters. Boonekamp Bitters Recipe: Saffron 2 oz Cloves 3 oz Angelica Root 3 oz Gentian Root 4 oz Wormwood 4 oz Galanga 4 oz
Around 1875, a bitters based on the damiana plant was sold under the name of “Aztec Damiana Bitters” as well as “Liquor Potencial de Damiana”. The damiana plant was often used as a nerve tonic, as well as an purported aphrodisiac. This recipe comes from the Standard Manual of Soda
Malt was often thought to be the perfect and most digestible food in the 1800s, at least from a medicinal stand point. Malt bitters was often promoted as the perfect combination of medicine and a food. It was recommended for the weak, convalescent, dyspeptic and fickle. Even though malt is
A basic orange bitter recipe that is easy to produce. Orange Bitters Recipe: Sweet Orange Zest 120 g Lemon Zest 60 g Gentian 60 g Cascarilla 60 g Alcohol 25% 2 L Instructions Macerate the solids for 7 days with 64 ounces of the alcohol, agitating occasionally. Filter and bottle.