Debuting new for 2015, our first edition of State Motto Bitter Wormwood bitters is inspired by a historical bitters style that appeared after the outlawing of absinthe. A few drops of wormwood bitters added to anise liqueurs will approximate absinthe, and can be quite soothing for upset stomachs. Its strong wormwood flavor is intensely bitter and is best used when tempering the sweetness in many modern drinks. This recipe combines the following ingredients:
- Organic wormwood
- Organic gentian root
- Organic star anise
As one of the most bitter plants, wormwood’s reputation and the banning of absinthe in the United States has added to the glamour and mystery surrounding it. The active constituent thujone, most often absinthol, can be toxic in high doses, and may induce hallucinogenic visions. Wormwood has a long association with both bitterness and liquor, being an ingredient in Pernod, vermouth, absinthe and other alcoholic spirits.