How To Make Bitters

Learn Step-By-Step How To Make Your Own Homemade Cocktail Bitters

Last Updated on September 12, 2022

Cocktail bitters are a great way to add depth to your drinks, and they’re easy to make at home! In this guide, we’ll show you how to make your own bitters using simple ingredients and techniques. With homemade bitters, you can customize them to suit your taste, and add a unique touch to your cocktails. All of the supplies you’ll need for making your own homemade bitters can be found in our shop. If you’re looking to start the art/science of distilling your favorite spirits like brandy, then check out our guide on how to make brandy.

At Mile Hi Distilling, we love helping people who are passionate about spirits with helpful guides and top-quality moonshine still kits and supplies. Whether you’re looking to add some extra flavor and complexity to your favorite cocktail recipes, or just wanting to try something new at home, making homemade cocktail bitters is an easy and fun way to experiment in the kitchen.

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A Short Background on The History of Bitters
How to Make Bitters: Getting Started

A Short Background on The History of Bitters

Bitters were first created and used to aid in human digestion problems. In 1824, a German physician living in Venezuela was trying to find an effective cure for stomach maladies or malaria when he conducted several tests on animals before coming up with his own remedy– Angostura Bitters.

It would later be named after the town where it began: “Angostura” which is located just outside Caracas.  Afterward, people became acquainted enough with cocktails that they started using these bitters across the globe.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to experiment with homemade bitters, or an experienced bartender looking to add more flavor to your drinks, this guide is the perfect starting point for making your own unique bitters at home. So why not give it a try today? With just a few simple ingredients and a little patience, you’ll be enjoying your own delicious homemade bitters in no time! Let’s get started on crafting delicious, customized cocktail bitters now!

Homemade cocktail bitters

How to Make Bitters: Getting Started

Base Ingredients & Materials

  • 1/2 cup of any dried fruit or vegetable- 1/4 cup of any fresh herbs
  • 2 tablespoons of any spices
  • 1 tablespoon of any sweetener
  • 1 cup of high proof alcohol (80 proof or higher)
  • A clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • A strainer
  • Cheesecloth

Cocktail Bitters Recipe Procedure

1. Combine the dried fruit, fresh herbs, spices, and sweetener in the glass jar.

2. Pour the alcohol over the ingredients, making sure they’re completely covered.

3. Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake.

4. Let the mixture sit for 2-3 weeks, shaking every few days to keep ingredients mixed well.

5. After 2-3 weeks, strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth to remove any solids.

6. Pour your bitters into a clean glass bottle or dropper bottle and use as desired in your cocktails!


Congratulations! You just made your own batch of homemade cocktail bitters. We hope this guide was helpful for you.

Thank you for visiting Mile Hi Distilling, your one-stop shop for all of your distilling needs. Don’t forget to check out our shop for any supplies or equipment you may need for any future distillations. We hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own homemade cocktail bitters.

If you enjoyed this guide on how to make bitters, check out our other guides on how to make brandy and how to make vodka.

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