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Christmas Bitters

A super easy recipe for making homemade Christmas Bitters to add to all sorts of cocktails
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Drinks
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 4 oranges unwaxed or well scrubbed
  • 2 tsp peeled and sliced ginger
  • 500 ml/1 pint vodka
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds


  • Peel skin from oranges avoiding pith and dry this along with the ginger slices in a low oven (120C/250F) for 45 mins
  • Bash all spices to release flavours and place in a large jar
  • Add the orange peel and ginger and top up with vodka
  • Pop on a lid and shake well
  • Set aside in cupboard for 2 weeks shaking regularly
  • Strain through double layer muslin or 2 sheets kitchen paper and decant into small sterilised bottles.
  • Will keep for up to 1 year
  • Use a few drops in G&T, champagne, martinis and other cocktails