How to Make Homemade Cocktail Bitters for Cocktails & Digestive Support

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Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters for your favorite drink recipes – or as a healthy supplement to your daily diet. Not only are these bitters as good or better than store bought cocktail bitters, they also make lovely homemade gifts.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Don’t just reserve these homemade cocktail bitters for alcoholic drinks though. You can also use your bitters to help aid with digestion and mineral absorption, relieve occasional heartburn, gas and bloating as well as aid in detoxification. Evidence also shows that homemade bitters can reduce inflammation and help with joint pain as well as reduce food sensitivities and promote regularity.

Following I’ll teach you how to make homemade cocktail bitters with two easy cocktail bitters recipes. The homemade bitters recipes include the ingredients needed in order to make orange bitters as well as peach bitters. I’ve also included a PDF of free downloadable cocktail bitters labels that I designed for your final bottles of bitters. Just for fun they say “Orange you bitter!” and “You’re such a (bitter) peach!

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

These homemade cocktail bitters are perfect not only for your home bar but also for gifting to friends who love cocktails or simply bartending in general. (Or even as a gag gift for your favorite grump!) They’d make a great homemade gift paired with a cocktail recipe book – I’m keen on “Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails” and “The Craft of the Cocktail” – and a mason jar shaker. Or even a large 2″ square silicone ice cube tray.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

To create your own homemade cocktail bitters you’ll need organic fruits and spices – I purchased my organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs – and Gentian Root Extract which I bought on Amazon as I couldn’t source this anywhere locally. As you use orange peel and lemon zest in these recipes as well, I chose to buy these organic and used fresh zest and peels.

You’ll also need 100 proof vodka to make these homemade cocktail bitters. I specifically used Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka. One  750 mL of vodka will make about eight 1 oz. amber glass bottles (or four 2 oz. amber glass bottles) of each of the bitters.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

 Orange Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
4 oz. organic orange peels (from around two fresh oranges)
1/2 teaspoon organic fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 organic cardamom pods
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “You’re such a (bitter) peach!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Peach Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
2 peach pits from fresh peaches
zest from 1/4 organic fresh lemon
1 organic sweet (true) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon organic whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 whole organic whole cloves
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “Orange you bitter!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

Now that you’ve completed your homemade cocktail bitters it’s time to put them to good use! One of my favorite cocktail recipes is for a French 75 with a local twist. This cocktail recipe calls for orange bitters and is a bit sweeter than the more traditional French 75 cocktail. Gin of course goes in a French 75, however if you prefer bourbon that works as well. It’s simply called a French 95. You can find my favorite French 95/75 cocktail recipe here. (For the French 75 I use New Amsterdam gin which isn’t mentioned within that particular cocktail recipe.)

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Homemade Summer Smoothie Ice Cube Recipe

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DIY Homemade Summer Smoothie Ice Cubes RecipeI’ve seen ice cubes done in quite a number of creative ways from freezing herbs and flowers to gummy candies inside. However, these DIY Homemade Fruity Summer Striped Smoothie Ice Cubes from Oh Joy! really take the cake! Fruit juices, tropical fruits, and coconut milk are meshed together in fun combinations to really dress up your summer drinks and give them a fruity twist. These creative and tasty ice cubes are perfect for grown up cocktails to kids’ juices for parties or everyday drinks. Tilt your ice cube trays to give them diagonal decorative flair. Have you ever made your own enticingly delicious ice cubes? What ingredients did you use to make yours special?

Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe

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Homemade Summer Cocktail Recipe - Creamy Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka SmoothieYou know when you only have a flavored alcohol in your freezer and nothing to really mix with it? Well, that was my dilemma. I had a bottle of Coconut Chocolate Stoli Vodka that I bought on a whim not thinking of what I’d actually mix it with. However, genius struck when I noticed the bananas on the counter were so ripe they probably wouldn’t make a it another day. And it was too hot outside to make banana bread. So I created an improvised smoothie cocktail with ingredients I had in my fridge.

Homemade Cocktail Recipe - Banana, Coconut and Chocolate Vodka Smoothe

Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana, peeled
3 ice cubes (or 3 ice cubes of frozen coconut milk made in an ice cube tray)
1 shot half and half
1 1/2 shots Stoli Chocolat Kokonut
touch of honey

Optional Ingredients:

a swirl of chocolate syrup
a taste of vanilla ice cream

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour and enjoy! What are some of your favorite summer cocktails? (Mine is a gin fizz.)

Delicious DIY Holiday Drink Recipes

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Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just want to enjoy the spirit of the holidays, here are a few of my favorite homemade holiday drink recipes. Also be sure to grab the book, 21 Best Winter Holiday Beverage Recipes from Amazon!

DIY Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes - Drink Recipes for Entertaining During the Holiday Season

1. Spiked White Hot Chocolate from Sweet Designs | 2. Rosemary Limoncello from My Recipes | 3. Cranberry Fizz from Sweet Paul Magazine | 4. Gin & Ginger Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Sweet Paul Magazine

Holiday Entertaining - Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes

5. Decadent Chai Latte from My Recipes | 6. Eggnog Martini from Martha Stewart | 7. Italian Hot Chocolate from Camo Meets Couture (Plus an Almond Crescent Cookie Recipe)

Delicious Homemade Holiday Cocktail Recipes

8. Brazilian Pumpkin Frappe Recipe from Pizzazzerie | 9. Hot Buttered Rum from The Plunge Project | 10. Pomegranate Champagne Punch from Epicurious | 11. Cooked Custard Eggnog (Not Pictured) from Martha Stewart | 12. Sgroppini (Not Pictured) from Party Bluprints Blog | 13. Cranberry Spice Champagne (Not Pictured) from Family Circle

DIY Homemade Fig and Melon Holiday Martini Drink Recipe

14. Fig & Melon Martini from Snippet & Ink | 15. Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Cappuccino (Not Pictured) from Cake Vintage Blog | 16. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Marie Claire

Cooking and Baking with Mace – The Vintage Spice You’ve Never Tried But Should

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Recently I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.
Cooking with spices - Mace(Photo Source: theKitchn)

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, it can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy both whole and ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace:

Have you ever cooked with mace?