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Meyer Lemon-Orange Bitters

Making your own bitters is a labor of love, so use the highest-quality ingredients you can, such as unwaxed organic citrus and top-shelf vodka. Gentian can be found online or at some health-food stores.

  • yield: Makes 3 cups
Photography: Photo

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Ingredients

  • 4 organic oranges, well scrubbed
  • 2 organic Meyer lemons, well scrubbed
  • 1 Tbsp gentian root chips
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 750-ml bottle good-quality vodka, such as Prairie Organic

Cook's Note

Stored in a cool, dark place, bitters will keep up to six months.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 200 degrees. Using a vegetable peeler, peel citrus to make strips of zest, being careful not to remove pith. Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until dry, about 1 hour. Let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer zest to a 1-quart glass jar and top with remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for three weeks, shaking jar once a day.

  3. Step 3

    Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer or paper coffee filter and into a clean jar. Add citrus zest and discard aromatics.

Source
Whole Living, December 2012

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