I’m not ashamed to say it: I’d like everyone who comes to my apartment to think that I’m a domestic goddess. I’d like the table to be Pinterest-worthy, but also totally original. I want the pie crust to be so flaky, you can’t possibly believe I made it from scratch. And I want the cocktails to be unique and plentiful. I don’t mind fussing — bring on the fuss, even if it means spending all day in the kitchen.
That said, there’s one thing I definitely won’t be caught sweating over: making my own bitters. Sure, I know they’re a staple of a bar that’s making any sort of cocktail worth its weight in Instagram likes, but unless you actually own a bar that takes customers (do you? Can I come by?), I feel strongly that there’s nothing you can make for a cocktail at home that you wouldn’t be able to buy in a form that’s just as great, if not better — especially bitters. Here’s why.