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Five by Five Tonics

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Cocktail Doctor
Locale:
Chico

“I always say that blending herbs is like throwing a good house party. To make it fun you want to invite the smart guy, the funny girl, the good listener, someone who can cook, etc. Creating well-balanced bitters is exactly the same. You have to know each herb individually and blend them well.”

If you’ve ever had a (tipsy) history lesson with a cocktail-enthusiast, you might know that bitters were essentially medicines before they ever made it into the world of mixology. Which is a similar trajectory Jesse took himself: he came into tonics and bitters through his line of work as an herbalist. “During graduate school, I began to see that most bitters were made from the same herbs we used in our medicines, so I began toying with recipes.” Turned out, the craft of making bitters directly used his herbal training-especially in being able to recognize the specific “personality” of a botanical and blending them properly. Who knew making medicine and crafting a perfect party beverage were so very similar?

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