In efforts to craft the cocktail disposition kit, I've started some botanical tinctures to lead into a bottle of bitters, or two. To start, it's very simple: soak dried herbs in 100 proof vodka. It's been fun showing up at the liquor store right when they open and asking for their strongest spirits. A few wide eyes and smiles from the store clerks. Second to finding the booze, and more importantly, I needed herbs, spices and the like to begin the extraction process. There's a great source in Providence, Farmacy Herbs, they cater to medicinal needs but carry a few culinary herbs, as well as teas, balms, etc. Thanks to their friendly staff and past Edible Vermont, I discovered Urban Moonshine: bitters made to stoke your digestive system. I had never given bitters a second thought - I knew them as a cure for a sour stomach, usually a hangover offering at the bar, or more classically; an ingredient used in cocktails.
In fact, any drink that was made with bitters was cocktail... up until the late 1950's (says the founder of Urban Moonshine, Jovial King). Their claim is that the average American's digestive system is lacking challenge, making it sluggish and weak. It's no new news that good digestion relates to good health and Urban Moonshine is advocating for a more challenging diet... a more bitter diet. This means foods that are often overlooked (but making a comeback) dark dark greens like broccoli rabe, kale, radicchio... the list goes on. But if you're not a fan of eating all the above, you can drink them in... dun ta tada: a cocktail! Made from bubbly water and a few drops of bitters. Or just drop them straight on your tongue. "The very act of squeezing a few drops of bitters onto the tongue can be part of a ritual that results in more mindful eating." - Jovial King.
I like that philosophy and will follow their lead. Good work Urban Moonshine. To see more of their products just click here, Urban Moonshine