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Artichoke Leaf Bitters

Artichoke Bitters Ingredients

As someone who has needed to navigate the world of challenging and limited diets, I often depend on bitters to encourage the healthy digestion my body so regularly denies me. When I "oops" on something that doesn’t settle well with my tummy, I reach for one of my favorite bitters. If there isn’t a bottle of Urban Moonshine’s Original formula around, I make my own!

When making a bitter, I think of it in three parts; bitter, aromatic, and citrus. While generally all of the ingredients will have a bitter quality to them, this model helps me craft an enjoyable bitter sans extra sweeteners.

Bitters Ingredient Breakdown

Organic bitter herbs:

Artichoke leaf, Oregon grape root, blue vervain, gentian root, dandelion leaf, yellow dock root, motherwort, etc.

Organic aromatic herbs:

Cardamom pods, star anise pods, cinnamon sticks, clove, cedar leaf, ginger root, hops flowers, lavender flowers, lemongrass, pink peppercorns, fennel seeds, etc.

Organic citrus:

Orange peel, lemon peel, lime peel, grapefruit peel, etc.

I always start with one choice from each category. Once you have a nice bitter foundation you can easily determine what might complement the flavors. Complicated bitters don’t always mean a more effective recipe. Simple is my go-to.

Soaking Bitter Herbs

Artichoke Bitters Recipe



  1. Place each herb or citrus in their own small glass bottle with cork top or mason jar.
  2. Cover each herb with vodka (roughly 4 oz)
  3. Cork the top and let it sit for 3 days to 2 weeks, shaking gently once a day. You’ll be surprised with how quickly the flavors start to take over! Let sit until it’s as strong a flavor as you like.
  4. Strain herbs using our stainless steel funnel with strainer and combine equal parts of each extract into a ½ oz amber glass bottle with dropper top.

A couple drips of bitter aromatics too much for you? Try a bitters soda!

  • 8 oz carbonated water/club soda on the rocks
  • 1-2 squirts of Artichoke Leaf Bitters


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Written by Alieta on March 2, 2017

Alieta, blog contributor, is an Oregon native with a two-year certificate from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Her other professional accreditations include: a degree in Computer Science at Oregon State University, a degree in Philosophy, Spanish, and Graphic Design from Portland State University, a scuba diving certification, and non-violent communication training. She enjoys spending her free time hiking in the woods with her Labradoodle, Pepperoni, or enjoying the view from her garden with her cat and a bubbly beverage. And winning the local Eugene hackathon!

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