- Dick's Encyclopedia, 1875, contains a number of Bitters recipes
including a supposedly Angostura Bitters. See -
Recipe 823 for 'Brandy Bitters' looks like a Campari style bitters
because of the orange peel and cochineal coloring. The word 'brandy'
I gather is used in a generic sense and most likely is an unaged
spirit. The gentian is the main bittering agent and the other
ingredients are flavoring agents but the addition of 8 litres of
water to 1 litre of brandy seems rather high though. I have scaled
the recipe down and converted to metric. It is a simple recipe for
the homedistiller who can adjust the water quantity to taste.
Gentian root 350g
Dry orange peel 250g
Cardamon seed 100g
Cochineal 15g (you could use cochineal coloring)
Alcohol 1 litre
Water 8 litres
Infuse botanicals in the brandy for 10 days, add water, filter.
- I stumbled across this martini recipe and was pleasantly surprised.
I'm a vodka martini drinker and thought I would try this orange bitter drink out, I've tried it in both gin and vodka, both purchased and home made and really like the taste. I was especially impressed that few drops take away and side taste that may be present in the home distilled product.