Artichoke Bitters

flavors spring Apr 04, 2024

Artichoke Bitters - Makes 1 pint

Artichokes and bitters are detoxifying, increase bile flow, help with digestion, and reduce cholesterol. They contain vitamins C and A, potassium, iron, and antioxidants. They are also high in polyphenols, which help repair damaged cells and improve immune function. 


The peel from one small lemon, lime, or orange peel

5 juniper berries

3 or 4 large artichoke leaves

1 small rosemary sprig with flowers, about 2 to 3 inches

2 cloves, and a pinch of cinnamon

1 ½ cups vodka


  1. Remove leaves from branches and chop leaves coarsely. Add to a mason jar with orange peel.
  2. Crush juniper berries and cloves with the back of a small saucepan or using a mortar and pestle.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, add a lid, and store in a cool dark place for 2 to 4 weeks, shaking the bottle almost daily. Allow it to sit until you like the strength of the tonic.
  4. Strain herbs using a funnel that is set in a large glass and draped with damp cheesecloth - getting the cheesecloth wet and wringing it out will allow the liquid to go right through and not absorb into the cheesecloth. 
  5. Store in amber glass bottles with a dropper top, link below. Store away from heat, and it will last for 10 years!
  • Add to your drinking water, tea or beverage of choice. Use in an aperitif before dinner to get your digestion going.

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Artichoke Bitters Recipe courtesy of Carin, herb farmer, herbalist, and co-owner of  Blossom’s Farm in Aromas, California, where they offer fabulous natural health and skin care products at

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