This cheap DIY trend can actually help your stomach and your wallet. Bitters are the heroes that can save any stomach any day. Feeling bloated? Bitters. Ate too much at the carnival? No worries bitters got your back.
Bitters are usually used to add a bitter note that balances out cocktails, but they have also been used medicinally for centuries.
Bitters are simply herbs extracted in alcohol. We are aware of the healing properties of herbs. There are not any rules about herbs when it comes to bitter properties. There are some that are often used to obtain that bitter flavoring including: cascarilla, a medicinal tree bark; and cassia chips, which are closely related to cinnamon. Those combined with spices such as vanilla bean, juniper berries, peppercorn, and more. You name it and I most definitely can find a bitter flavor for it. The spices and herbs provide flavors that make bitters in sparkling water a perfect soda replacement.
Bitter work on two levels, Medicinally
First, the sheer bitterness of the tinctures stimulates your stomach acid, making it easier in digesting whatever food you eat. Furthermore, the medicinal properties of whatever spices and herbs are used go to work. Vanilla has been shown to increase mental performance, while lavender has been proven time and again to be a great force against stress, anxiety, and depression. People have also depended on powerful bitter flavors to eliminate sweet cravings. Combined with the filling feeling of carbonated water, bitters make it easy to happily say no to dessert.
Bitters are not made equally
Keep your eyes open for artificially flavored and colored bitters. While the taste is not overly bitter, make sure you know the ingredients in any bitters you consume.
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