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Botanical Kit Instructions

Below you will find instructions for each of the Botanical Kits currently available at The Elixir House. Let your inner Kitchen Witch guide you through the alchemy process.

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Elixir Bitters #2

  • Combine botanicals and spices and place in the Mason Jar.  Fill the jar with whiskey. Replace the lid tightly and store for 3-4 weeks, shaking the jar each day.

  • Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Save both solids and liquid.

  • Add the solids to 1 ½ cups of water in a saucepan.

  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for half an hour.

  • Strain the mixture and save the water (you can throw out the solids).

  • Return the water to the saucepan and reheat over medium heat.  Add ½  cup of sugar (or ¼  cup of Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup or Honey) and stir until dissolved.  Once the sweetener is blended well with the water, remove from heat.  

  • Allow to cool completely, and then add the alcohol mixture.

  • Return the bitters to the Mason Jar for storage and fill a dropper bottle for use.  Bitters may be kept at room temperature and will be good for several years.  

  • Combine botanicals and spices and place in the Mason Jar.  Fill the jar with whiskey. Replace the lid tightly and store for 3-4 weeks, shaking the jar each day. 

  • Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Save both solids and liquid.

  • Add the solids to 1 ½  cups of water in a saucepan.

  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for half an hour.

  • Strain the mixture and save the water (you can throw out the solids).

  • Return the water to the saucepan and reheat over medium heat.  Add ½  cup of sugar (or ¼  cup of Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup or Honey) and stir until dissolved.  Once the sweetener is blended well with the water, remove from heat.  

  • Allow to cool completely, and then add the alcohol mixture.

  • Return the bitters to the Mason Jar for storage and fill a dropper bottle for use.  Bitters may be kept at room temperature and will be good for several years.  

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Orange Bitters Kit

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Lilith Gin Botanical Kit

Combine botanicals and place in the Mason Jar. Fill the jar with Vodka and close the lid tightly. Give it a good shake and allow it to infuse for 24 hours at room temperature, shaking occasionally. When ready, fine strain the spirit into the empty vodka bottle using a funnel and fine strainer. 

Additional Items Needed:

 

4 cups Ruby Red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup fresh sage
zest and juice of 2 lemons
zest and juice of 2 limes
¾ cup agave nectar

Tonic Botanical Kit

  • Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes

  • Remove from heat and strain out solids using a fine strainer or cheesecloth.  You may need to fine strain it a few times to remove the cinchona bark. This is why I like to use larger cuts of the bark.

  • Once strained, heat the mixture back up on the stovetop or microwave, and then add 3⁄4 cups of agave nectar to each cup of the mix. Stir until combined, and store it in a bottle in the refrigerator. 

 

Add ¾ of an ounce of syrup/concentrate for every 2-3 ounces of seltzer. 
 

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Smoked Grapefruit and Sage Tonic Syrup

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Motherwort Tea

To prepare as tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1 teaspoon of herb. Cover and steep 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately

Not for use during pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified health practioner.

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Stinging Nettle Leaf

To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 2 tsp. herb. Cover and steep 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately

Disclaimer

The advice and information within this website are related to keeping a generally healthy lifestyle through the choice of nutritious food and drink. It is not meant to be taken as medical advice. We do not recommend self-diagnosis or treatment with wild herbs and botanicals without first consulting a qualified medical practitioner or medical herbalist. Do not exceed the quantities recommended. Always consult a professional practitioner in an emergency. Seek professional medical advice before using herbal remedies in combination with prescription medication. Always properly identify any foraged plants and confirm their species with a qualified authority before ingesting any wild plant.