Summer season is in full swing. There are alot of herbs that are at thier peak for harvesting right now and I have been gathering many and hanging them to dry, or making oils, vinegars and bitters out of them.
Bitters are new to me. Because my digestive problems respond well when I add bitter elements to my diet, making bitters seemed like a natural avenue to explore for my health as well as my passion for working with plants.
I did some Googling and I not having much luck finding information about old fashioned medicinal bitters- but it seems that Bitters, as in flavoring for mixed drinks, are all the rage. There is some info out there on how to make Bitters and how to use them in drinks, soda water or foods, so I have gleaned what information that seemed relevent and bought a big bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol and I am winging it with the bitter herbs that are around me.
So here are some experiments I have going at the moment:
* Peel from one grapefruit, 5 cloves, 1 1/2 inches of ginger root sliced, handful of sweetgrass. 190 proof grain alcohol to cover. (Digestive aid. Digestive complaints- nausea, diarrhea, gas.)
*Peel of one grapefruit, 4 crushed juniper berries, 2 cloves. 190 proof grain alcohol to cover. (Digestive aid. Digestive complaints- nausea, diarrhea & stomach aches.)
* Peel of one grapefruit, 5 chicory crowns, 1 Turkeytail polypore, 1 Queen Anne?s lace seedhead. 180 proof grain alcohol to cover. SLV (Digestive aid. Soothes digestive tract, supports liver. Digestive complaints- diarrhea, gas, upset stomach. Immune boost.)
*Mugwort and lots of sweetgrass in 190 proof grain alcohol. ( Dreams, spirit travel)
Now I just have to wait while they macerate for 2 weeks before I see how they turned out......