Bitters

Italian Bitters

This recipe creates an Italian-style aromatic bitters. The source of this recipe groups aromatic bitters with things like Benedictine and Chartreuse. Cocktail type bitters would be called “Strong Bitters”.

Italian Bitters Recipe:

Rosemary Leaves
2 oz
Thyme
5 oz
Sage
5 oz
Majoram
5 oz
Cloves
7 oz
Cinnamon
8 oz
Orris Root
12 oz
Wormwood
12 oz
Fennel
12 oz
Calamus Root
12 oz
Anise
12 oz
Buckbean Leaves
1 lb
Angelica Root
1 lb
Lemon Peel
1 lb
Bitter Orange Peel
1ΒΌ lb

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a mortar and grind to a coarse powder and then pack in a percolator or other suitable maceration vessel. Pass the alcohol through the percolator over a period of 48 hours to create the Italian Bitters essence. If macerating, allow the mixture to macerate for 2 days with occasional agitation, then filter and reserve the liquid.

To make the bitters, take 1 ounce of the bitter essence and add it to 4 pints of 40% alcohol.

To make the Italian Aromatic Bitters liqueur from the above essence, take 1 oz of essence and combine it with 1700 ml of 25% alcohol, 300 ml of 60% simple syrup.

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