Learning Bitters

Food — By Crust on April 1, 2010

I’ve been interested in how to make bitters lately because I think I need to add it to my list of skills. I want to be a skilled restauranteur someday and having basic cocktail knowledge is part of that. I decided to go to a bartender that makes house made bitters so I went and saw Lauren Mote. I don’t know very much about bitters except that I like them. I think there are traditional ways to make bitters and other simpler ways, but I’m just still wrapping my head around the whole process.

I went out and foraged for some things I’ve been doing tests with for spring. Cherry blossoms and fir tips. Then I brought them to Lauren and asked her to teach me how to make bitters out of them. I had such a good day in the sun collecting the stuff, inside the dark bar we put the first phase of the bitters into action. I’ll keep you posted on how they evolve and turn out.


  1. David says:

    Bitters are the best. I wasn’t the biggest cocktail fan, but bitters have basically turned me around on them. I started making my first bitters last month and they we’re finally ready a couple of days ago and turned out nice, so I want to make more. I just made citrus bitters to start, yours sound much more interesting!

  2. Nolto says:

    Christie, you are the best.

  3. nicole says:

    That sounds so good! I hope you still have some in the summer when David and I come VISIT YOU!!!! haha with my luck you will be in saskatoon or somewhere else–we are destined to never be together again!

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