Today I made the first cocktail using my homemade bitters. If you recall from this post, I made three distinct flavors of bitters, all of which turned out uniquely delicious. Much to my surprise, I am most fond of the citrus bitters, which I made with grapefruit and lime zests, juniper berries, allspice, and white peppercorns. It tastes surprisingly great on its own (reminiscent of limoncello), but was super refreshing in a vodka lemonade with a sugared rim, which my husband and I enjoyed on out back porch on this sweltering Chicago Memorial Day.
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In a cocktail shaker, combine:
1 jigger vodka
1 jigger citrus and spice bitters – limoncello would be a great substitute
1 heaping spoonful powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Shake vigorously. Pour into a sugar rimmed highball glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon.