Every bartender should know how to make popular bar ingredients, such as bitters! To make bitters, add your 100 proof or 50% ABV spirit and desired ingredients into a jar, label with a date and the ingredients used, then shake your mixtures daily for about two weeks. Once fully steeped, strain your bitters through a cheesecloth into a container and transfer it into a bitters bottle using a funnel.
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Cater your bitters to fruity drinks by using a vodka base and lighter flavors such as fruit peels, chamomile, lavender, or lemongrass, or for heavier drinks using a whiskey base and savory herbs like sage, thyme, allspice, or cloves. As a versatile bar ingredient, the options are endless when using bitters. Learning how to make it is a great start for any bartender!