Guido Masé, Jovial King & Natalie Stultz: DIY Bitters

Event date: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Guido Masé and Jovial King, founders of Urban Moonshine, as well as photographer Natalie Stultz, for a book signing and meet and greet featuring delicious samples from the pages of their new book, DIY Bitters.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are made by combining various plant botanicals and/or spices with 100-proof alcohol and letting them sit until the bitter and medicinal qualities have been extracted. Just a small amount of the resulting liquid can then be used to stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy digestion. This is why "apertifs" and "digestifs" are so popular--both then and now!
DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home, to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics, and even main meals.
Herbalists Jovial King and Guido Mase, owners of the bitters company Urban Moonshine, teach you how to make recipes for classic bitters like orange and angostura, or explore more innovative bitters like elderflower-echinacea-honey and chocolate love tonic. You can even find a guide for creating your own unique flavors from the plants and ingredients you have on hand.
Whether enjoyed as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, bitters are back!

Jovial King is a family herbalist and co-founder & owner of Urban Moonshine ( She has studied herbal medicine extensively with an array of renowned teachers, including Rosemary Gladstar, Brigitte Mars, and Christopher Hobbs. Jovial started Urban Moonshine in her kitchen and has grown the company into a strong presence within the natural supplements industry. She has appeared as an Herbal Expert blogger for Martha Stewart's Whole Living website, and Urban Moonshine has been featured in Food & Wine, Mother Earth Living, Fine Cooking, Imbibe, Epicurious, and more.

Guido Mase RH(AHG) is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science. He is chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution. He is developing the integrative phytotherapy department at Wasso Hospital in Loliondo, Tanzania.

Natalie Stultz is a commercial and editorial photographer and filmmaker in Vermont. Her work appears in magazines, websites, books and films about artists, chefs, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and the natural elements of Vermont and beyond. She produced and directed the first film in the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center series “Green Mountain Artisans”, which has aired on VTPBS.


DATE:  Saturday, December 10th from 2-4pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.


Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor - A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, a Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592337040
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fair Winds Press (MA) - September 1st, 2016