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  • ZirnitraElan commented on lmnopeas's instructable D.I.Y. Angostura Cocktail Bitters3 years ago
    D.I.Y. Angostura Cocktail Bitters

    Hi Trish,I am also concerned since the Angostura Bitters description from the actual bottle is: "A skilfully blended aromatic preparation of gentian in combination with a variety of vegetable colouring matter" and as to the ingredients the exact herbs and spices are only alluded to by use of the term "spices" and "natural aromas", but Gentian is surely a crucial ingredient when making a DIY version of Angostura Bitters? Gentian root is the main ingredient in Angostura Bitters and not only due to its taste and aroma being somewhat bitter, hence the term "Bitters"!, but also due to the many medical and health benefits of Gentian in herbal medicine. These range from digestive problems - hence Gentian's use in the German after-dinner digestif "Un...

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    Hi Trish,I am also concerned since the Angostura Bitters description from the actual bottle is: "A skilfully blended aromatic preparation of gentian in combination with a variety of vegetable colouring matter" and as to the ingredients the exact herbs and spices are only alluded to by use of the term "spices" and "natural aromas", but Gentian is surely a crucial ingredient when making a DIY version of Angostura Bitters? Gentian root is the main ingredient in Angostura Bitters and not only due to its taste and aroma being somewhat bitter, hence the term "Bitters"!, but also due to the many medical and health benefits of Gentian in herbal medicine. These range from digestive problems - hence Gentian's use in the German after-dinner digestif "Underberg" which a German acquaintance of mine uses after meals - to reducing fever and hypertension (high blood pressure), alleviating muscle spasms and sinusitis and certainly Angostura Bitters does aid digestion and alleviates stomach cramps by a combination of both the Gentian root and the alcohol. Alcohol, in mild amounts, is well known to alleviate excessive peristalsis and hence stomach and abdominal cramping and the associated pain. Therefore, I do believe Gentian root is an important ingredient in both Angostura Bitters and naturally any DIY version. The question then becomes how much Gentian root, and when to add it? And why has it been omitted from the ingredients of the otherwise excellent directions for the D.I.Y. Angostura Cocktail Bitters by Imnopeas?N.B. Gentian is also used to treat wounds, malaria, cancer, and parasitic worms although it wouldn't be recommended in the form of bitters by herbalists for these conditions.

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