Peels of 1-2 lemons, including pith, coarsely chopped
Artichoke trimmings, 1/3 cup, coarsely chopped, these are the raw tops and outer leaves
Fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp or 2 TBS fresh chopped fronds
Fresh rosemary, 1-2 TBS, chopped
Juniper berries, 1/4 tsp, smashed
3 oz. 90 or 100 proof vodka or 151 rum
Superfine sugar or honey to taste, heaping TBS
Other bittering agents: dandelion root tincture, yellow dock tincture
Place the chopped produce and culinary herbs in a 1/2 pint jar, let steep 3 weeks. Strain and sweeten, can add other bittering agents to taste for more medicinal value. Store in a dark glass bottle with a dropper top.
You can also do this with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers, like rose geranium leaves, lemon balm, lavender, jasmine flowers, nasturtium flowers, rosemary, pineapple mint, sage, any combo you’d like. Just stuff into a 1 pint jar and cover with vodka or 151 rum. Steep 3 weeks, strain, sweeten with honey to taste.
Add the bitters to bubbly water and garnish with fresh herbs, like rose geranium, pineapple sage, mint, or rosemary. Enjoy!