Cardamom, also known as Elettaria cardamomum, is a highly aromatic spice that is often used in the production of alcoholic beverages such as gin, spiced rum and bitters. This versatile spice has a unique flavor profile that is both sweet and spicy, with notes of citrus, mint, and camphor.
In the production of gin, cardamom is one of the key botanicals that give the spirit a spicy character and if often combined with a lot of citrus fruit.
In the production of bitters, cardamom is often combined with other botanicals such as gentian root and wormwood to create a complex and flavorful blend. Bitters are commonly used in cocktails and can be enjoyed as a digestive aid.
In addition to its use in alcohol production, cardamom is a popular ingredient in a variety of cuisines, including Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. It is believed to have a number of health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation, and improved oral health.