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Cardamom Bitters

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1 c high-proof neutral grain alcohol (such as 151 proof Everclear)

2green cardamom pods

2rainbow peppercorns

1gentian root

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

rind of one large orange


  1. Place herbal ingredients into a pint-sized mason jar and add high-proof alcohol.
  2. Cover and shake. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 3 weeks, shaking the jar every couple of days.
  3. After a few weeks, strain through a coffee filter into a clean glass jar, squeezing to extract all of the liquid from the herbs.
  4. You should now have (close to) 1-1/2 cup of infused alcohol. If you used Everclear 151, this is 75% alcohol. To bring it down to a more palatable ~37% alcohol, dilute with an equal amount of distilled water.
  5. Transfer your bitters to airtight glass bottles with reducer caps, tincture dropper bottles or spray/mister bottles.
  6. Add to a couple of dashes to dress up water, tea, lemonade or sparkling mineral water. Take before meals or anytime the mood strikes. ♥


I recommend glass containers for storing homemade lotions and potions. Glass doesn’t leach chemicals and it’s easier to clean/sterilize after the product is used up and you’re ready to refill.

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