Ivan Bitter Essence

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A bitter recipe of supposed Russian origin, however the varacity of the information is debatable. However, the recipe still looks quite usable.

Ivan Bitter Essence Recipe:

4 oz
4 oz
8 oz
Juniper Berries
10 oz
Angelica Seed
10 oz
Cassia Cinnamon
10 oz
12 oz
Galanga Root
14 oz
Bitter Orange Fruit
1¼ lbs
Bitter Orange Peel
1½ lbs
Gentian Root
2½ lbs


Combine the spices in a mortar and grind to a coarse powder. Pack in a percolator, or glass container and add the alcohol and macerate for 3 days. Strain off the liquid and add the brandy to the reserved liquid. This should produce roughly 2 litres of bitter essence.

To make Ivan Bitters take 30 ml (1 oz) of the bitter essence and mix with 1.75 litres of 40% alcohol and 230 ml of simple syrup.


If the bitters isn't strong enough, you can increase the amount of essence used.

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