Bitters are extraordinary, essential, and potent flavor extracts that transform any drink in which they’re mixed. They will also transform anyone able to make their own into a proper home mixologist.

Whether you want to round out your home bar or give a gift to someone you clearly treasure, making your own bitters is as easy as it is sexy and addictive.

THE INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE BITTERS

Most bitters recipes are a balance between bittering and flavoring agents. For today’s chocolate bitters, you’ll use gentian, wild cherry bark, and black walnut leaf to embitter your alcohol, while cacao nibs, cardamom, vanilla bean, and a cinnamon stick add the complexity, flavoring, and chocolate notes.

Not to discourage you from foraging for these (or any other) ingredients in the wild, but they can be easily ordered from Dandelion Botanicals, Tenzing Momo,or <a…

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