Canela Bitters

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes 2 cups
Canela Bitters

Heat the oven to 450 degrees or heat a medium skillet over high heat.


Place the cinnamon sticks on a small baking sheet and bake (or toss in the skillet) until they start to blacken in spots, about 5 minutes.


Remove the cinnamon sticks from the oven or skillet and transfer to a storage container.


Pour in the high-proof spirit and let soak for 24 hours.


Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bottle and discard the cinnamon sticks.


Store the bitters indefinitely.

Ben Mims is the cooking columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has written three cookbooks and has worked as a food editor and recipe developer for several food media publications, such as Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, Saveur, Food Network and Buzzfeed/Tasty.
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