How to make flavored bitters & printables!


photos by Jared Smith

I’m always a sucker for cute jars, and lately I’ve caught myself wanting to buy the insanely expensive bitters jars to add to my bar cart collection almost strictly for the look of them (please tell me I’m not the only one who wants this?!). I’ve resisted my impulse buying urge, and since I loved the fruit patterned wall art that I made for the studio with my Sprout, I decided I wanted to include it at home for cute jar labels.

Obviously you can use labels for anything (and everything if you’re asking me), but I figured I’d try my hand at making my own bitters and use the labels for for those. Alas, it actually turned out to be more expensive than if I’d bought the pre-made versions (of course, isn’t that my luck?), but supposedly they taste much better, plus you can make twenty times the amount and reuse the spices over and over again. So really you can just look at it like a longer term investment (that’s me trying to console myself).

ANYWAYS, to share the love I figured I share what I learned on how to make flavored bitters & printables from my Sprout for you to use either to fill in the blanks on your own, or for your own bitters too!



Bitters are actually SUPER simple to make. Literally all you have to do is combine the ingredients in an airtight jar and store in a room temperature dark place for 14-21 days making sure to mix up the ingredients in the bottle every other day.

Once your mixture as steeped for the duration of the days, use a coffee filter to strain the liquid into a dark, airtight bottle, which will keep it good indefinitely as long as it’s not exposed to extreme temperatures or light.

As far as the flavors go, that all depends on what ingredients you’re including in your mixture for each bottle. Supposedly there’s no set right or wrong way to mix bitters, and certain flavors required a bit of heating up to mix in sugars etc., but you can always adjust the ingredients (or amount of each) based on your tastes. Here’s the ingredients for the printable flavors–



  • 750 mL of Everclear 151 (or 100 proof vodka)
  • 1/2 pound orange peel pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 20 drops gentian extract

Combine ingredients into an airtight jar and store in a room temperature place for two weeks, then strain with a coffee filter into a jar.



  • 750 mL of Everclear 151 (or 100 proof vodka)
  • Peeled zest from 1 grapefruit
  • Peeled zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
  • 4 dried juniper berries
  • 1 fresh sage leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (which you’ll add in at the end)
  • 20 drops of gentian extract


    Combine grapefruit and lemon zest in a sealable glass jar with the vodka. Seal and shake, then let the mixture steep overnight in a cool, dark place. After that’s steeped, add lavender, coriander, juniper, sage and gentian root and shake in an airtight jar, then let steep for another 14 days.

    Strain the mixture through a coffee filter into a dark jar and add simple syrup to the bottle stir/shake, then keep in a room temperature, dark place for up to a year.


  • 750 mL of Everclear 151 (or 100 proof vodka)
  • 4 peach pits
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon gentian root
  • 4 cloves

Combine ingredients into an airtight jar and store in a room temperature place for 21 days, then strain with a coffee filter into a jar.


All you have to do is print onto adhesive 8×10 sheets and cut to size, and you’re all set!

Just so I can show off my sweet pattern making skills one more time, here’s the DIY fruit print I made from this post that I made with my Sprout for you to download and print as wall art, or you can just save it to your phone as a wallpaper!

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Jared insists everyone see how “psychedelic” the scanning experience is, haha! Admittedly it is freaking awesome!

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5 thoughts on “How to make flavored bitters & printables!”

    • what a great idea for a gift!

      ashley – these are too cute, and that scanning process is super cool

  1. This looks awesome Ash! Those printables are too cute not to give this a try. And I may need to get one of these Sprouts because I’m loving all the ideas you’re coming up with for it.


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