Potion Class: bitters day 1

My husband works in retail and we have always seen the time between Samhain and Yule to be a dreadful time of the year.  We make an effort to buy nothing on Black Friday which is pretty easy of you are the ones working rather than standing in line. Just last week a woman tracked him down in the store because he was about the same size as her son and had him try on blazers for her to pick out the right gift.  If you think this is good service, consider the same request made of a female staff member at Victoria Secret.  More skin but the same feeling of being used like a human manikin.  The expectations set on this season makes people do things they shouldn’t.

Now, don’t get me wrong, take people out of the equation and I love fall.  The extreme changes in weather, a reason to wear two scarves at once, and the return of hot black teas, amber beers, and cream sauces to my diet.  This is where mission reclaim Yule was born.  I needed a handmade gift that embodied the light reclaiming the dark, enter citrus passionflower bitters.  A small taste of brightness to warm up your drink, salad, or cake.  I started my tinctures today, they need to build up flavor for the next 14-21 days.  Below are two different potions I am trying out.  I started the basic tincture ratio of 1 part dry base to 5 parts liquor and added small amounts of flavorings.  I will let you know how they turn out and the recipes I will include with these gifts.

Citrus Passionflower Bitters

you will need
tools
mason jar
cheese cloth
dropper
small bottles to store finished product

hedged path blog: bitters ingredients

potion number one
1 tablespoon orange peel
2 tablespoons lemon peel
two teaspoons passionflower
one teabag of hibiscus tea or 1/4 teaspoon of hibiscus flowers
1 cup of Everclear

potion number two
2 tablespoons passionflower
2 tablespoons lemon peel
1 cup of Everclear

hedged paths blog: bitters potion number 1

I combined all ingredients in the mason jar, gave it a good shake, and placed the mason jars on the counter where I will remember to shake them every day. The bitters should be completely infused when they smell strongly of citrus.

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