Cloosterbitter is based on a 15th century recipe from the Monastry Claerkamp, where the monks embraced the medicinal properties of this unique bitter.
Long ago, Brother Jacob would collect all kinds of natural ingredients during his walks around the monastery. These included nettles, cloverleaf, daisies, mint, dandelion, and milfoil. He used these to make a powerful and stimulating bitters based on his own recipe. The recipe for Cloosterbitter contains seventeen ingredients, and has been passed on carefully down the centuries.
This drink was rediscovered by third-generation Anton Boomsma and updated by fifth-generation Saskia Boomsma.
The idea behind re-creating Cloosterbitter includes the use of herbs and plants found in the Frisian meadows of Holland during the month of May.
Boomsma continues to be an independent family-owned distillery with the fifth generation at the helm to ensure old traditions are cherished while pursuing new ambitions.
As a result you can still enjoy Boomsma Claerkampster Cloosterbitter today. Delicious both also as an aperitif or a digestive, you can drink this striking green bitters chilled, on the rocks, or mixed with cola.
80 proof and surprisingly green in color, Cloosterbitter exhibits tastes of a fresh, alpine herbal bitterss with notes of mint, clover leaf, and anise.
Claerkampster Cloosterbitter is made from only select 100% natural herbs. The seventeen different ingredients are used to achieve the superior taste and unique color of this herbal bitter.
Following the local harvest, aromatic botanicals such as Gentian root, juniper berry, clover leaf, melissa, mint, dandelion, anise, fennel, blessed thistle, and more are separately macerated in alcohol until they have imparted their specific traits upon the potion. These different tinctures are carefully blended together according to the family secret recipe to allow each herb to shine through and create the perfect harmony found in this one of a kind bitter.
Wyatt’s Wet Goods is pleased to introduce this traditional Old World style bitters to our area. We are sure you will discover it to be a new favorite, now and through the holidays.
If your Dutch is good, you can enjoy this promotional video: