Crafting Bitters & Tinctures Workshop

This course leads you into the world of crafting cocktail bitters and tinctures, evaluating their transformative powers in mixed drinks. Learn to create bitters for Old Fashioneds, Martinis, and more, taking your drinks to the next level.

Constructing Bitters & Tinctures Workshop

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Description

Sometimes it’s good to be bitter! Welcome to our Bitters & Tinctures Workshop, the third installment in our Flavor Manipulation series. This course leads you into the world of crafting cocktail bitters and tinctures, evaluating their transformative powers in mixed drinks. Learn to create bitters for Old Fashioneds, Martinis, and more, taking your drinks to the next level.

We'll guide you through the entire process, from exploring these flavor enhancers’ creation and the necessary equipment, understanding their impact in cocktails, and learning when and why to include these ingredients in certain cocktails– all while keeping safety in mind. 

Get ready to infuse every sip with flavor, depth, and creative flair as you learn to master the art of using bitters and tinctures like a seasoned pro!

  • Self-paced. Lifetime access to 6+ hours of course content to watch at your convenience.
  • Learn from the best. Our team of experts includes industry leaders who deeply understand the science of mixology.
  • So much more than recipes. Learn how to safely create bitters & tinctures step-by-step to completely elevate your drinks.
  • Access to the pros. Our team isavailable for any questions that come up along the way.

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Self paced

Lifetime access to 6+ hours of course content to watch at your convenience.

Learn from the best

Our team of experts includes industry leaders who deeply understand the science of mixology.

So much more than recipes

Learn how to safely infuse alcohol so you can design your own drinks.

Access to the pros

Our team is available for any questions that come up along the way.

Explore the World of Bitters & Tinctures

Understand the basics of bitters & tinctures

Learn about how bitters & tinctures work in cocktails and what popular options are available while making cocktails without them to understand each drink’s foundation.

Create your own concoctions

Delve into making your own bitters & tinctures, focusing on equipment, safety, step-by-step process & techniques, and flavor creativity & compatibility for cocktails.

Apply your skills to cocktails

Put your knowledge to the test by remaking the cocktails from the beginning of the course, incorporating your bitters & tinctures and analyzing each cocktail’s transformation.

What You’ll Learn in This Cocktail Infusions Course

Overview

We’ll begin by discussing what bitters & tinctures are, readily-available options you can buy at the store, and how these play into cocktails with a focus on when and why to use them. Together, we’ll make 6 classic cocktails without these ingredients to get a base understanding of each drink’s flavor profile. Then we’ll step you through how to develop your own bitters & tinctures, exploring the equipment needed, safety elements, step-by-step process, and ingredients. Finally, you’ll explore how your concoctions affect the same 6 cocktails to best understand flavor manipulation and evolution.

Course Structure
  • Seven lessons
  • 1-3 quizzes per lesson
  • Approximately 6-8 hours of self-paced video content, spread out over 1-2 months to make your bitters & tinctures
  • Shopping list and recipes for bitters & tinctures
  • Recipes for the 6 cocktails included in the course
Expanding your skillset
  • Learn about bitters & tinctures while beginning to understand equipment, techniques & process, ingredients, and safety elements.
  • Explore more creative flavor combinations and really hone your skills by practicing how, when, and why to use these ingredients.
  • Put your knowledge to the test by making classic cocktails without and then with your creations to really evaluate how to manipulate flavors.
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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Chris Tunstall

“My team and I are always looking for ways to show bartenders and at-home cocktail lovers how to elevate their craft. With this course, we want to help students up their skill set by inspiring their own creativity. Creating bitters and tinctures is one way to truly transform a cocktail, and we want students to learn thoroughly through step-by-step processes that they can follow along with at home. This is just the jumping off point… It’s time to explore the outer limits of what’s possible in cocktail creation.”

– Chris

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FAQ

What are bitters & tinctures, and what is their purpose in cocktails?

Bitters & tinctures are flavor concentrates that are used to bring flavor to and/or balance out cocktails.

What is the general process for creating homemade bitters, and how long does it take?

The general process is generally a longer form of alcohol-infusion with more concentrated flavors. Depending on the method used, it can take days to upwards of 4-6 weeks. The longer the infusion process, the stronger the flavor.

What is the difference between bitters and a cocktail tincture?

Tinctures are concentrates of one or more flavors that are meant to bring additional, typically non-bitter taste & depth to a cocktail. Bitters are concentrates of one or more flavors with a strong, bitter profile that bring a specific taste and act as a powerful balancing tool for cocktails.

Are cocktail bitters alcoholic? Can I make non-alcoholic bitters for mocktails?

Most bitters are alcoholic, but not all are. Bitters and tinctures are just flavor concentrates, and they can be created any number of ways without using alcohol, such as with heat or glycerine.

Do certain bitters go better with specific base spirits?

Not really. There are natural flavor pairings that work together well and some that won't work. It more depends on the overall flavor of your cocktail more than the flavor of your base spirit.

Are there any safety concerns when making bitters at home?

Yes, there certainly can be. Some ingredients can be considered toxic if they are not treated appropriately. To learn more, the best resource is Camper English's cocktailsafe.org.

Do I need any specialized equipment to make homemade bitters?

Generally, no. A simple 2 liter jar with measuring cups and spoons can get the job done. However, there are some specialty tools that help with the process, but they are not completely necessary.

What are the storage recommendations for homemade bitters?

Be sure to strain out all of the particulates thoroughly, and then store in a cool dry place indefinitely.

Are there any common mistakes to avoid when making homemade bitters?

Yes. Using too much or too little of one or more ingredients and letting the infusion sit for too long or not enough time are all common mistakes. Start with already established recipes, and follow them to the letter to avoid miscalculations.

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