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Dec 12, 2006 12:35 PM

Recipes for homemade bitters and Grenadine?

I discovered in a discussion about bitters on the Boston board that some of our better local bars make some of their own.

Does anyone have recipes for homemade bitters? I'd also love to see recipes for other cocktail flavorings like Grenadine. The Grenadine recipes I've seen online seem simplistic: just pomegranate seeds boiled with simple syrup.

(Mods, let me know if this belongs on the Home Cooking board.)

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  1. I do not have a recipe I have tried myself, but I happened to notice just the other day that Gary Regan has a recipe for orange bitters in "Joy of Mixology". I'm too lazy to try to make it myself.

    Also, as I know you're in Boston, I thought I heard that Eastern Standard makes their own Grenadine. Maybe they'd be willing to cough up the recipe?

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        1. You might try the Home Cooking board... I know for a fact that someone has posted a grenadine recipe before, but hell if I can't find it! :-)

          1. funny, i found your post because i'm looking for a bitters recipe myself. i've been making a lot of forgotten classic cocktail recipes from old cocktil guides lately, and i am trying to move toward making my own ingredients. I recently dumped my full bottle of rose's grenadine down the sink--the stuff was disgusting. my homemade grenadine is delicious and has a lovely deep, ruby color. Here's how i made it: put 2 cups of Trader Joe's 100% pure pomegranite juice in a saucepan, bring to boil and then reduce to simmer over low-medium heat. When the juice is cooked down to one cup of liquid, stir in 1 cup of natural organic sugar, simmer for a few more minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool, then use a funnel to pour it into the empty rose's bottle. Store in the frig.
            i also make my own rock candy syrup and maraschino cherries. Now i go off in search of a bitters recipe! happy cocktailing.