Gift-Making Workshop Series: Making Cocktail Bitters
This Class is part of our Gift-Making Workshop Series. Students will make 4-6 holiday gifts; all materials are included! Bitters make a great gift for spicing up cocktails or sparkling water. Learn the simple art of homemade bitters (and a little cocktail magic) with bartender & herbalist Kate August. We will provide quite the array of aromatic herbs, roots and barks to create your own special recipes. It will take 2 weeks for your blends to infuse, so they'll be ready just in time for gift-giving. Dropper bottles are included for your final products that will be strained at home.
I began my journey over 10 years ago working in high-end food service with a special focus on local, sustainable and handmade food. I have classical training in serving wine, cheese and beer. Partway through my career, I began to desire a more intimate connection with the food and beverages I loved. I learned about sustainable farming through the work-travel organization World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). I began to grow my own food making the most out of my urban garden space. Preserving the harvest was inherently the next step as I endeavoured further into urban homesteading. Soon, I was creating my own alchemy of ferments and preserves, taking quickly to Sandor Katz's book, Wild Fermentation. I interned with Teutonic Wine Company in Oregon, learning how to make wine naturally with only ambient yeasts. I learned to make yogurt and fresh cheese at home; and aged, unpasteurized cheese with Garden Variety Cheese Company in Watsonville, CA. I preferred the flavors and health benefits of these wild ferments and continued to explore these lesser-known, ancient methods of preserving. Through my studies, I was introduced to herbal medicine as yet another form of preserving. I apprenticed with the SF Herbalist assisting with their product line of Herban Elixirs. I continue to be driven by the desire to learn, create, and share.
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