Can you make tincture with any alcohol?
Alcohol is the solvent that extracts the compounds with medicinal properties from the herbs. You can use any type of alcohol you like, but I typically use vodka because it has a more neutral flavor than other alcohols (although I have heard that rum works just as well).
Can you use bourbon for tincture?
While neutral grain alcohol or high-proof vodka (50% and over) work well, you can experiment with other spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon. For a spice-based tincture, toast the spices before use to enhance their flavour and accentuate the essential oils.
What can I use instead of alcohol for tinctures?
Tea is the alcohol-free classic, but both vinegar and glycerin can be used (together or separate) to make potent, stable remedies. Extracts are made using ratios of plant material (weight) to menstruum (volume). The classic alcohol tincture ratios of 1:5 dry and 1:2 fresh work for vinegar and glycerin, as well!
Can I use cheap vodka for tinctures?
You can use any other type of liquor you want as well. It needs to be at least 50 proof (25% alcohol) to preserve the tincture. The highest number of chemicals will be extracted at 80-100 proof (with the exception of the the highly oily/resinous plants). When in doubt, use vodka.
Can I add honey to my alcohol tincture?
Pour a dollop of honey into a strained tincture and give it a shake until it is dissolved (or until your arm falls off). It works, but it will likely end up being super sticky and thick compared to the simple syrup sweetening process described above.
Can I use vodka to make tincture?
To make a tincture, use 4 ounces finely chopped or ground dried herbs. Put them in a container that can be tightly sealed. Add 1 pint of 80 proof vodka or other grain alcohol and tightly seal the container.
Can you use tequila to make tincture?
Can you use tequila to make tincture? You can use any alcohol (tequila, brandy, vodka, etc) as long as it is at least 50 proof (25% alcohol by volume). For preservation purposes, it’s typically recommended to use something 40% or higher.