Juniper Berries are spicy, sweet, with a piney aroma. They are delicious in stews and soups and with meats (especially wild game). They also give gin its distinctive flavor and are a common flavor ingredient in bitters.
To prepare as a tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of herb to 8 oz. water in a pot. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Juniper has a strong flavor, but it dissipates quickly. Crush the berries just before using, and replenish your stock of juniper berries often, because they'll become bland after long storage.
Juniper berries go well with game like venison and rabbit, and they're an important ingredient in German sauerkraut (along with caraway). You might also try juniper in marinades, pot roasts, liver paté, pickled meats, cabbage dishes, stews, and soups.
Not to be used for more than four to six weeks in succession. Persons with inflammatory kidney disease should not use this herb. Not to be used during pregnancy.