French Bitters

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This recipe comes from 1871 and was named French Bitters by it's creator Antoine Desaulniers from Oswego, New York. Like many of the early bitters, they claimed this particular recipe could alleviate stomach cramps and headaches.

French Bitters Recipe:

Alcohol (57%)
3.8 litre
Gentian Root
25 oz
Orange Peel
50 oz
Cassia Bark
50 oz
Snake Root
12 oz
Calumba*
12 oz
Quassia
12 oz
Red Saunders
12 oz
Oil of Lemon
1 ml
Sugar
227 oz
Water
950 ml

Instructions

Combine ingredients, crushing if necessary and allow to macerate for five weeks, shaking occassionaly. After five weeks, strain the liquid, add the water, bottle and they are ready for use.

Notes:

* Calumba is an intensly bitter vine from East Africa

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