Cornersmith: Waste Hack Bitters RECIPE

Waste Hack Bitters

Cornersmith bitters uses traditional bitter herbs and barks for that pungent adventure in flavour, but here we maximise the bitter compounds in citrus pith and skin to make a waste hack version of one of our best selling products.


The pith and skin of 2 lemons
500 grams of cherries
5 all spice berries
2 star anise
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon juniper berries
1 stalk lemongrass
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt


Place the citrus skins, spices sugar and salt to a pot and cover with 2 cups of water. Over a medium heat bring to a boil and then turn the heat down and allow to gently simmer covered for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the ingredients steep overnight.

Strain the tonic into a clean and dry bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Start with 2 tablespoons of tonic to 30 ml of gin and top with sparkling water for a classic gin and tonic. Add a preserved cumquat to make it fancy.


This recipe is presented in partnership with Smeg Australia.

Pick up the ingredients for this recipe and more at our weekly Farmers Market, 8am-1pm every Saturday. More info.