Cocktail Bitters and Mixer Kits

| Carson City, Nevada

Star Seller.

This seller sets a shining example for providing a great customer experience, with a history of 5-star reviews, on-time shipping, and quick replies to any messages they received.



All Items

Janel Johnson

Contact shop owner

Janel Johnson


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
See reviews that mention:
Quality 24 Shipping 83 Customer service 34

About HighDesertBotanicals

Sales 2,550
On Etsy since 2013

Starter kits for DIY cocktail crafters.

I was inspired to make bitters kits when I first tried to make my own cocktail bitters at home. I didn't have much luck finding milk thistle seed and burdock root in the supermarket down the road and had to order them online in huge quantities. I knew I would never be able to use all of those ingredients before they became stale and I realized that there might be other people out there who want to experiment with making their own bitters but don't want to order a ton of weird herbs. I make these kits so other people can have fun with bitters without a huge investment.

We are always working on something new, from obscure tiki mixers to better tonic syrup. We introduced a new line of gin and vermouth kits in 2016 that let you explore some of the classic botanical spirits.

We are licensed as a business by the State of Nevada and we are licensed and inspected as a food business by Carson City. We are insured by the Food Liability Insurance Program, part of the Great American Insurance Group.

Our second Etsy shop 'High Desert Supply" can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HighDesertSupply

Shop members

  • Janel Johnson


    I am a botanist specializing in rare plants of the Great Basin. When I'm not trekking around the desert and mountains, I like to grow edibles and native plants in my garden and play laser with my dog.

  • Reese Tietje


    Economist, artist, cat charmer, wood worker, wordsmith, desert dweller, and fixer. In charge of stacking pallets, creating sawdust, folding boxes, product testing, and breaking the website. Relaxes with a nip of Laphroaig and some Zappa or Miles.

Production partners

  • Balance Industry and Trade Co., Ltd.

    Quanzhou, China

    Produced our custom tiki mugs to our design specifications.

  • Cactus Container

    CA, United States

    Cactus Container makes small runs of custom boxes and packaging in the USA. Cactus helped us design packaging that would protect and display one of our kits using using 100% recycled fiber cardboard and plant based inks.

  • EcoEnclose

    Louisville, CO

    EcoEnclose makes custom cardboard boxes and trays for our products that are 100% recycled and recyclable. These custom boxes protect our kits while keeping the shipping boxes small so we can bring you the best shipping rates possible.

  • Wald Imports

    Bellingham, WA

    Wald Imports produces the wooden trunks that house our Ira Remsen and Alchemist bitters kits.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Sep 2, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

We can accept cancellations or returns of custom orders that are not personalized (i.e. custom bitters kits.) For personalized items such as our flower press, orders cannot be cancelled or returned once we start production. If the item is damaged or defective, please contact us for a replacement.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping and personalized note cards are available for a small charge. Since many of our items are sent as gifts, we do not include a paper receipt with prices in the package for domestic orders unless you request one. International orders may require a receipt with prices for customs processing.

We strive to use recycled and recyclable packing materials whenever possible. For some fragile glass items, we do use bubble wrap.

International Shipping

We comply with all US and international laws regarding shipping of our products. We will not mark items as gifts or samples or state a lower value on the customs forms as this is illegal. The recipient is responsible for paying VAT, sales tax, or duties.

Canada customers: Canada Post charges a $9.95 processing fee in addition to provincial sales tax.

If you frequently buy from outside the US, we highly recommend a shipping consolidation service. Your packages are sent to a US address, then bundled and shipped to you. We offer free delivery to a local consolidation company, contact us for details.

Which kit should I buy?

See our shop photos for a handy flowchart to help you decide. All of our bitters recipes and instructions are available on our blog at https://highdesertbotanicals.com/blogs

What is the difference between the bottles?

All of our bottles hold 1 ounce (30 ml) and use a rubber bulb and glass pipette (aka, eye dropper) to dispense the bitters.

The bottles with the ground glass pipette are the easiest to open but also the easiest to spill if knocked over. Barnes bottles are a little more secure and the rest of the bottles use a tight fitting screw-on cap.

The amber bottles are best for protecting the bitters if stored in a bright location, such as a counter top. The clear bottles are best for showing off the color of the bitters.

Care instructions

We recommend that all kits be opened on a table or other hard surface since the glass inside can break during shipping, though we try our hardest to get it there in one piece.

Inside the french square droppers bottles, you will find a small piece of packing peanut that protects the dropper from breaking in transit. The peanut is made from starch, so it dissolves easily in water. Just wash the bottles in warm water and it will disappear.