Bitters

Strawberry and Elderberry Bitters

Makes about 24 oz (710 ml)

1/3 cup (75 g) sliced strawberries
2.5 g dried elderberries
2.5 5-inch (12 cm) dried licorice roots
2 4-inch (10 cm) cinnamon sticks
15 g whole green cardamon pods
15 g whole cloves
15 g fennel seeds
10 g black peppercorns
15 g star anise
26 oz (750 ml) sweet vermouth

In a glass jar with tight-fitting lid, combine strawberries, elderberries, licorice roots, cinnamon, cardamon pods, cloves, fennel seeds, peppercorns, star anise and top up with sweet vermouth. Seal tightly and shake to mix well. Set aside at a room temperature, away from the sunlight, for 3 months to allow the flavors to thoroughly infuse the sweet vermouth. This will keep indefinitely. Strain with fine-mesh sieve into empty bitter bottle.

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