Christmas Gifts: DIY Cocktail Bitters

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Event Overview

From the medicine cabinet to the bar, bitters have a long history of curing ailments and flavoring drinks. Though they may seem mysterious, at heart, bitters are simply bitter and aromatic herbs and spices infused or tinctured in spirits (alcohol). Combining the various flavors is where the fun part comes in. In this class I'll teach you how to make your own bitters at home, which you can use in cocktailssodas, cooking, and even as digestive aids.

In this class we will go over the yummy and healthy properties of herbs as digestives and herbal medicine. In this class we will go over the yummy and healthy properties of herbs as digestives and herbal medicine. Just a small amount of bitters can stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy digestion. This is why "apertifs" and "digestifs" are so popular - now and for many decades!

I'll provide tasters of two different types of bitter for us to make; Cherry Chocolate or Chrismas "Spice" Bitters. You can pick one of the two. You'll walk out with the herbs, jars, tools, and instructions on how to make your own! When you get home you'll just add the alcohol and 3-4 weeks later have your own bitters that make about 3 cups of bitters when you are done! You can then bottle these in 4-ounce jars for gifts! If you use this for cocktails, each cocktail takes about 2-6 splashes. This will last you a year is kept in a cool, dark place. 

You MUST be 21 years of age to attend this class. Bitters are made with spirits. I will not be providing the spirits, but you will be sampling some bitters to see which one you would like to make.

* If you know in advance which of the two bitters above you would like to make, please e-mail the instructor 72 hours in advance.

Also, arrive a little early for your class and receive 20% off of one item at the River North Workshop! 

What's Provided

Herbs, jars for bitters and instructions.

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About the Instructor: DesiRae Kraft is the owner of DesiRae Kraft LLC, Transformational Mind, Body and Soul Coaching. Her passion for health, wellness and transformation started 14 years ago and deepened with her education in Psychology, Behavioral Health, Nutrition and Integrative Health Care. She is a certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and she gives busy and entrepreneurial women the tools to live a life of abundance by creating Fearless Minds, Vibrant Bodies and Raw Soul. Through her coaching she helps you create sustainability for life to see you can do it all and put yourself at the top of your to-do list.

When she's not coaching, she loves to teach people how to be creative, do-it-yourself and learn how to bring more joy to your life by creating your own natural products from face masks, beard oil to cocktails and more.

You can visit her website at to learn more about her and her business.

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