Aromatic Bitters Recipe from the Bitter Housewife

Last week, Genevieve Brazelton of the Bitter Housewife, stopped by the creativeLIVE offices (my day job) for a great set of tutorials on making your own bitters and liquors. Below is one of the recipes she shared on-air!

Aromatic Bitters Recipe from Genevieve Brazelton


  • 1 cup Wild Turkey 101
  • 1/8 cup dried cherries
  • 1/8 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 inch sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick (approx. 3 inches long)
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seed scraped out (use both seeds and pod)
  • 1⁄4 tsp whole allspice cracked
  • 1/8 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cardamom pods cracked
  • 1/8 tsp quassia chips
  • 1/8 tsp gentian root
  • 1⁄4 tsp black walnut leaf


  1. Add all ingredients (botanicals + booze) go in the jar and sit for 2 weeks. Shake occasionally.
  2. Strain solids from booze. Set booze aside in a sealed container. Simmer solids with 1⁄2 cup water for 10 minutes. Let water and solids sit together for 1 week.
  3. Strain and discard solids from water. Mix booze and water together. Add 1 tbsp rich syrup*. Let sit for 3 days.
  4. Filter bitters through cheesecloth. Use generously.

*Simple syrup is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water simmered until sugar is dissolved. Basic directions here.

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