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28 Sep

The Bitters Truth

The truth about bitters is a long and sorted tail. Originally used for its healing powers, bitters were elixars made by so-called physicians to cure common ailments such as poor digestion and poor circulation. They were a combination of various herbs, roots, bark and spices preserved in alcohol and tasted bitter or sour, thus the name. It’s hard to trace their exact origin, but a few facts about bitters stand up. As far back as the ancient Egyptians, herbs and spices were preserved in wine for consumption for medicinal purposes. The term bitters began appearing in the early 1700s as patent medicines that were sipped straight. These cure-alls were hard to swallow. Those in need of the “magic” potions spent nearly...
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