Searching for a non-alcoholic bitters recipe
I know! I know! Sacrilege!
I'm wondering if it is possible to make homemade bitters that are non-alcoholic. I want to get started on making Christmas gifts, and some are for non-drinkers who are into making fancy drinks, sans booze.
Fee Brothers make glycerine-based bitters, so I'm wondering if anyone has a recipe similar to theirs. I've been searching online and I'm coming up with nothing. If the recipe is more like a bitter simple syrup, that's okay. (And, before anyone says it, I know that traditional bitters include a tiny amount of alcohol, but for some would-be recipients, even that little bit counts.)
Your friends should not bank on Fee bitters from being alcohol free. When I (mistakenly) said that on Kindred Cocktails, Joe Fee replied (in part):
"You suggested that our Bitters contain no alcohol and are a "water extraction." This isn't entirely true. Fee Brothers does not consider its Bitters to have a "potable" alcohol content. We do not publish an alcohol content on our bottles in the US or Canada."
That said, I'm skeptical of the harm that would result from 1 ml of alcohol from a couple of dashes of bitters.
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In AZ, the threshold for potable alcohol is: "beverages containing more than one‑half of one per cent of alcohol by volume.". So unless Fee's registers as non-potable (which I don't think they do) their product has to be under 0.5% abv, at least in AZ (and it's on the shelves all over the place here). Most alcohol-based bitters are 25-40% abv. I agree with you that so little alcohol, in either instance, will do much harm.