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Vancouver Cocktail Week 2022

Charred Cedar Bitters, Husk Cherry Bitters, Meyer Lemon Bitters, Coffee-Pecan Bitters. These are just some of the bitters you can make at home, according to Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters. A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All.

Bitters, according to Parsons, ‘are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing roots, barks, fruit peels, seeds, spices, herbs, flowers and botanicals in high-proof alcohol (or sometimes glycerin). Long reputed to possess medicinal properties, bitters were billed as the cure for whatever ailed you, whether it was a headache, indigestion, stomach cramps, or constipation.’

In concocting your own cure-all potions, you might use bittering agents, like burdock root, fringe tree bark, black walnut leaf, horehound and flavour agents, like cardamom pods, allspice berries, sassafras, cassia chips or star anise.

If you want to learn more about bitters, check out ‘Ms. Better’s Bitters Presents: Extractions, Infusions, Macerations and Powders’, one of the intriguing seminars at Vancouver Cocktail Week, which runs from March 6th to 10th, 2022.

Presented by The Alchemist Magazine, VCW offers other seminars, happy hours with cocktail demonstrations, and signature events like a ‘Botany of Brunch’ at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Botanist restaurant.  You might also be interested in ‘Under the Sea with Mount Gay’ – a happy hour at the Vancouver Aquarium with the world’s oldest rum distillery, a ‘Spirited Walking Tour Through Gastown’, or ‘Drag after Dark in Arc’.

For more information see: Vancouver Cocktail Week 2022

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