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Dec 12, 2006 11:06 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.

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  1. I make my own grenadine, as the commercial stuff is usually more artificial than pomegranate.

    You need two parts pomegranate juice to one part superfine sugar (I usually use 16 oz juice to 8 oz sugar).

    Bring the juice to a simmer over medium and reduce by 1/2.

    reduce heat, add sugar and stir it until it's dissolved.

    bring to room temperature, then chill. It should last fine for a while if you keep it in the fridge.

    Makes a tasty planter's punch!

    As for bitters, I usually leave that to the professionals - they're often secret recipes, require aging, etc. Still, here's a link to Orange Bitters, which I was going to make 'cause I thought the product was discontinued. Then I discovered the Fee Brothers sell it, along with Falernum and a number of other cocktail oddities from the golden age of cocktails: