Gentian Root

Gentian root is the cut and sifted root of Gentiana lutea, an herbaceous perennial plant with yellow flowers. Other members of the Gentiana family come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flower colors.

Primary Use

Perhaps the most common bittering agent of all, many recipes call for gentian root.

Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
Gentian (Gentiana lutea)

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Historical Use

Medically used as a digestive tonic, including stimulating the appetite.

Recipes Using Gentian Root

  • Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide of 1862 includes ten recipes for bitters, of which four use gentian as an ingredient: No. 41, Bitter Danziger Drops; No. 42, English Bitters; No. 43, Essence Bitters; and No. 48, Stoughton Bitters.
  • Warren Bobrow’s Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails has one recipe for aromatic bitters, which calls for gentian among other herbs.
  • Mark Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari alternatively calls for gentian root and gentian bark in eight of the twelve bitters recipes listed in his book.
  • Brad Thomas Parson’s Bitters includes seven bitters recipes, out of a total of thirteen, which use gentian.

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