Save money and spruce up your favorite cocktail recipe by following this simple DIY to create your own homemade bitters. These foolproof recipes are not only bartender-approved, they are the perfect way to impress your party guests and add an extra kick to your next hosted happy hour. But be careful – your family and friends may be asking for these recipes once they give it a taste! Watch the video below to learn how.


  • High-Proof Vodka (or Everclear)
  • Star Anise
  • Cardamom Seeds
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Peppercorn
  • Lemon Peels
  • Grapefruit Peels
  • Dried Red Cherries
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Mini Dropper Bottles
  • Funnel
  • Bottles


Step 1: Add ingredients into each bottle.

Step 2: Add the high-proof vodka (or Everclear).

Step 3: Let sit for 1-2 weeks.

Step 4: Transfer to dropper bottles using the funnel.

Step 5: Create custom labels to distinguish between flavors.

Step 6: Add to your favorite cocktail.

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