Homemade Chamomile Bitters

What You'll Need

  • 2 Tablespoons white peppercorns
  • 2 Tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 20 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup chamomile flowers
  • 2 Tablespoon dried dandelion root
  • 2 Tablespoon licorice root
  • 16 ounces vodka or dry gin

There’s a reason that chamomile is found in every children’s herbal formula, ever. Chamomile has been used for centuries as a soothing herb that induces a state of mild calmness. It soothes the stomach and, as it has a natural bitter flavor if brewed at high strengths, is also used to stimulate the gall bladder for ease of digestion. These properties make it a natural for adults, too, but sometimes we want something a little more grown-up than a cup of chamomile tea. In this bitters recipe, we pair the tiny white daisy-like flowers with complementary herbs, for a decidedly more sophisticated beverage. Makes 1 pint of bitters.


Using a mortar and pestle, crush the peppercorns, fennel seed, and cardamom pods so that they are broken up, but not ground to powder.
grind with mortar and pestle
Combine the crushed seeds and other dry ingredients in a pint and a half or other mason jar.
Pour the vodka over the top.
pour into jar
cover with vodkaSeal the jar with a layer of parchment paper between the lid and liquid.
seal jarSet the jar aside and allow it to infuse for 2-4 weeks. The longer it infuses, the more pronounced the bitter flavors will be.
let infuse for a few weeks
infused in vodkaWhen the bitters have attained a flavor to your liking, strain out the solids through butter muslin or paper coffee filters.
strainBottle the bitters in a woozy bottle with orifice reducer.
pour into bottlesuse orafice reducerUse these bitters to add a floral, herbaceous note to an evening cocktail. They pair particularly well with gin, and cucumber and mint elements. Shake a few drops into sparkling water, or into a cup of mint tea, to add both complexity and calm to a soothing beverage.
chamomile bitters

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