FiggyOrange Bitters

Food and Wine October 2011

Cuisine: English

Main Ingredient: Bourbon

Category: Drink

Difficulty: 1/10

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FiggyOrange Bitters

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2 cupsoverproof bourbon; such as Wild Turkey 101
1 cupdried figs; (about 6 oz.) halved
8green cardamom pods; crushed
2fresh figs; halved
Strips of zest from 3 oranges
1 tablespoonchinchona bark
1/2 teaspoongentian root
1/4 cupdried orange peel
13-in. cinnamon stick
1vanilla bean; split
2 tablespoonrich syrup


11. In a 1-quart glass jar, combine all of the ingredients except the syrup. Cover and shake well. Let stand in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking the jar daily.
2 2. Strain the infused alcohol into a clean 1-quart glass jar through a cheesecloth-lined funnel. Squeeze any infused alcohol from the cheesecloth into the jar; reserve the solids. Strain the infused alcohol again through new cheesecloth into another clean jar to remove any remaining sediment. Cover the jar and set aside for 1 week.
3 3. Meanwhile, transfer the solids to a small saucepan. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes; let cool completely. Pour the liquid and solids into a clean 1-quart glass jar. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 week, shaking the jar once daily.
4 4. Strain the water mixture through a cheesecloth-lined funnel set over a clean 1-quart glass jar; discard the solids. If necessary, strain again to remove any remaining sediment. Add the infused alcohol and the syrup. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 days. Pour the bitters through a cheesecloth-lined funnel or strainer and transfer to glass dasher bottles. Cover and keep in a cool, dark place.
6 Make Ahead The bitters can be stored at room temperature indefinitely. For best flavor, use within 1 year. Notes To make simple syrup, in a small saucepan, dissolve 1 cup of granulated sugar in 1 cup of water over moderate heat; for rich syrup, use 2 cups demerara or turbinado sugar and 1 cup of water. Let cool before using, and reserve the rest for another use.
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