Learn how to make a complex and delicious mocktail using herbal cocktail bitters. Leah will teach you about this ancient art, guide you in making bitters, and craft delicious mocktails with them. BYOB if you’d like to turn yours into a cocktail!
Known for stimulating the senses and engaging the digestive system, foods possessing a bitter quality have long been valued for a unique ability to cleanse the body and build vitality.
Many cultures revered bitter foods as an essential part of a regular healthy diet. Large numbers of the diverse roots, barks, flowers, and herbs of the wild plant kingdom are bursting with complex bitter flavor. When consumed, such plants naturally stimulate the production of saliva, gastric juices, and bile to balance the appetite and prime digestion. Yet while bitter botanicals were consumed readily by our foraging ancestors, such richly flavored plant foods have been unfortunately lost to the endless aisles of sweetened and salted snacks filling grocery stores today. This is why Leah wants to teach you how to make them yourself so that you can add them to your diet.
When it comes to making a good drink, it's important to put a lot of thought into the makeup of bitters. They’re super concentrated flavors. They add another layer to a cocktail. It’s like cracking a lemon zest to finish a martini.”
Bitters are infusions (or, technically, extractions) of herbs, spices and other botanicals, such as nuts, citrus peel or fruit. They have complex flavors and aromas, always with a bitter element that adds sophistication and depth to a drink.