Handcrafted Organic Herbal Bitters by Urban Moonshine Aids Digestion
The tradition of taking bitters began in 1824 when a German physician in Venezuela discovered their effect on curing sea sickness and stomachaches. Urban Moonshine has brought the Old World tradition to modern times using organically-grown herbs.
Cultures around the world have long believed that bitter flavors are essential to good health because they stimulate the digestive system. Thus began the tradition of steeping bitter-tasting roots, leaves, berries and fruits in alcohol and serving the mixture before or after a meal. Often the formula was accompanied by more pleasant tasting carminative herbs such as ginger, fennel, cardamon, or orange peel.
Whether brewed according to secret recipes by medieval monks or concocted according to oral tradition by wise women, the first bitters had medicinal purposes. Over time, the theory, if not the recipes, passed into the hands of apothecaries and on to the makers of 19th Century patent medicines. After bartenders discovered that bitters softened the often harsh liquors of the day, the cocktail was born. Until the late 1880s, any drink called a cocktail contained bitters--this includes such classics as the martini, the Manhattan and the Old-Fashioned. Only in the 1950s did the taste for bitters fade.
Now, whether you enjoy them as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, calm a hangover or gently cleanse the liver, bitters are back!
We tried out two flavors of Urban Moonshines handcrafted digestif bitters:
Urban Moonshine supports local farmers and is a member of United Plant Savers
, whose mission is to "protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come".
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at October 18, 2010 1:25 AM