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Photos by Stuart Mullenberg

Grapefruit Bitters

Like a pinch of salt in cooking, bitters help harmonize and highlight the various flavors in a cocktail, and with winter citrus in peak season, now’s the perfect time to add a batch of homemade grapefruit bitters to your shelf.

 

Ingredients

3 large grapefruits
2 lemons
2 Tbsp. coriander, whole
3 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. dried gentian root
1 Tbsp. dried mint
1 Tbsp. dried wormwood
1 Tbsp. whole clove
1 Tbsp. dried dandelion root
1 bottle high-proof, neutral grain spirit

 

Tools

Channel knife or peeler
2 large glass jars with lids
Cheesecloth
Funnel
Small measuring glass or coffee mug
Coffee filters
Glass bottles for storage

 

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Step 1
Peel the grapefruits and lemons with a channel knife or peeler.
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Step 2

In a large glass jar, combine citrus zest with remaining ingredients, cover and shake. Let sit in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks.

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Step 3

Funnel through a double layer of cheesecloth into a clean glass jar, and then gather the ends of the cheesecloth to enclose the solids.

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Step 4

In a measuring glass or coffee mug, steep the cheesecloth-enclosed solids in 8 oz. of hot water until cooled to room temperature.

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Step 5

Discard solids and add steeped water to the alcohol mixture. Let stand for 5 more days, or until completely settled.

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Step 6

Strain through another double layer of cheesecloth and then through coffee filters until no longer cloudy, then transfer to tincture bottles.


 

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