DIY: Bitters
  1. ADD all spices to a clean mason jar and cover with the alcohol.
  2. SEAL the jar and keep it in a cool, dark place for two weeks.
  3. SHAKE the jar once a day to ensure flavors are diffusing equally.
  4. STRAIN the alcohol using a cheesecloth into another mason jar, after two weeks.
  5. SEAL the jar and save the strained alcohol for later.
  6. MUDDLE the spices from the cheesecloth in a bowl until turned into a slurry or paste.
  7. PLACE this mixture into a saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  8. POUR the mixture into a mason jar and store in a cool, dark place for 5 days, shaking daily.
  9. STRAIN through cheesecloth into a jar and discard spices.
  10. MEASURE out equal parts alcohol mixture and infused water and combine in a mason jar.
  11. SAVE remaining water to further dilute alcohol mixture if necessary.
  12. TASTE and add desired sweetness.