Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are made by combining botanicals and spices with alcohol and letting them sit until the bitter and medicinal qualities have been extracted. Ingesting just a small amount of the resulting liquid can stimulate and promote healthy digestion. As such, bitters often bookend a meal—taken as an aperitif in sparkling water or a cocktail, or as a slow-sipping digestif after a heavy dinner. Their popularity and use has withstood the test of time—and for good reason.
DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home, to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics and even main meals.
What people are saying about DIY Bitters:
"A visually stunning and brilliantly written book that bridges science and folklore, DIY Bitters weaves common sense and facts into a fascinating compendium of practical, usable information."
-ROSEMARY GLADSTAR, herbalist and author
"Jovial and Guido's book is by far the best book on the joys of bitters for digestive and immune health and so much more. It is the most practical, beautiful, and thorough book ever written on bitters.
-CHRISTOPHER HOBBS, Ph.D. herbalist and author
"A gorgeously photographed and beautifully written book on the benefits of bitters. It will inspire one to create bitter plant potions to benefit health and vitality."
-BRIGITTE MARS, www.brigittemars.com, author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies