Ivan Bitter Essence
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:
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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