Come and play in the bitter truth.
Bitters are the key to any cocktail or herbal enthusiasts cabinet because of the vital inflection of flavor that can play off any spirit to add the twist that you’re looking for.
Want to add some playful brightness to your French 75 how about a Chamomile & Cardamom Bitter element?
Or want to add the seasonal nuances to your Old Fashioned with Pecan & Peach Bitters?
It all comes into play.
Crafting bitters and bitter elements for your personal use not only supports your creativity but it also opens the door on the health and wellness benefits of bitters.
For our spring/summer classes, we will start with a meander along the river for a short nature walk while we collect the wild ingredients for the bitter making process.
Then into the apothecary for more spices and herbs to add into your base bitter for more aromatic punch.
As we go through the process you will learn all about the medicinal benefits of the plants and spices your choosing. And other ways to use bitters than to just make your cocktail great.
March 21st 3-5 pm
Wild Spring Bitters: Nettles, Dandelion, Citrus, Spicebush
April 21st 3-5 pm
Spring Flower Bitters: Dandelion, Violets, Red Clover, Raspberry
May 23rd 3-5 pm
Wild at Heart Bitters: Elderflower, Motherwort, Rose, Hawthorn, Linden
June 27th 3-5 pm
Sunshine Bitters: Pineapple weed, Chamomile, Calendula, Lemongrass, Anise Hyssop
July 25th 3-5 pm
Tonics and Bitters: Crafting your own homemade Tonic Syrup using the bounty of the garden with fresh lemongrass, lemon verbena and more.
Bespoke bitters were created not only for cocktail lovers but also for those who want to delve deeper into the historical and medicinal significance of bitters as medicine.
Remember the first cocktail was bitters, sugar, and water and it was just a “cure” for just about anything.
This is an all-levels class to explore the bounds of herbs and plant allies.