Enjoy these two soothing digestive recipes made with Urban Moonshine Bittersthis season. Your guests will leave your home well-nourished and comfortable after the holiday feast!
Note* Prepare these ahead of time for easy serving.
Fresh Ginger Chews with Bitters
(makes about 20 small chews)
Ingredients and materials:
- 2 c. water
- 1/4 c. shredded fresh ginger root – packed down
- 3/4 c. organic cane sugar
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 oz digestive bitters
- Powdered sugar for rolling
- Candy thermometer
- Small saucepan
- Small, rectangle glass dish
- Parchment paper
- Ice water, for the water test
Grate the ginger root and pack it down into a 1/4 c. Measuring cup. Add to the water in a saucepan and simmer until half the liquid has evaporated (about 30 minutes). Strain and set aside 1 cup of ginger decoction. Grease a small glass dish with coconut oil. Cut some parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan and also grease it with coconut oil.
Combine the strong ginger decoction, sugar, and honey and heat over high heat. You will want to watch this closely and use a candy thermometer. It will start to bubble and boil, at this point the temperature will begin to climb (it will take about 15 minutes or so). Watch it carefully, as to not burn, stirring occasionally. When the temp reaches 260 degrees, add the bitters, and stir. Then, try dropping a small spoonful into a glass of ice water. The ice water speeds up the cooling process so you can tell how soft the final product will be. Use a spoon to retrieve the candy and test it out; it should be just chewy enough where it’s not runny, or hard.
Pour syrup into the greased pan and let sit for 30 minutes.
Turn dish over and remove parchment paper from the bottom of the candy. You might have to use a knife to pry it out, as its very sticky! Cut into small strips, and roll, or shape to the desired size. Roll or dust a tiny amount of powdered sugar onto them and wrap in extra parchment paper for storage, or for gifts!
These can be kept in the refrigerator or a sealed jar.
Digestive Soothing Switchel
(makes 8 servings)
- Fresh ginger root, about 2 inches, peeled and minced.
- 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 tsp Maple Digestive Bitters
Combine everything in a glass jar and shake well. Let sit overnight in the fridge.
When ready to serve, use ¼ cup in each glass, add ¼ tsp Maple Digestive Bittersand top with sparkling water and ice. Serve with either lemon slices or candied ginger, and salute to your health!
The switchel concentrate will keep for 2-3 days in fridge.
A BITTERS APERITIF
A traditional Italian beverage, taken before meals to increase digestive function. Throughout Europe, eating is about the enjoyment of quality, authentic food, drink, and life, and herbal digestifs are commonly found at the table to aid in proper digestion to enhance the overall experience.
Add your bitters to a glass over ice and top with sparkling water. Enjoy 15 minutes before a meal or after a meal to soothe gas, bloating, or digestive upset.
THE ROOT OF GOOD HEALTH IS GREAT DIGESTION!
Updated November 30, 2020
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