Whenever my husband or I chat with friends or family about making bitters, we automatically get asked the same question, “What are bitters?” It became apparent to us that bitters are not as well-known as we thought them to be. Usually only people in the bar and restaurant industry are versed in the magic of bitters. If you are not in the industry and you DO know about bitters, we applaud you! For those of you not in the know…worry not! We’ve decided to provide a little background so our friends and family don’t think we are making all this up!
Facts about bitters:
- Bitters are various alcohols infused with herbs, spices, fruits, and botanicals, creating an aromatically enhanced extract used primarily in craft cocktails. They have also been used to amplify savory and sweet notes in cooking and baking.
- Bitters have been documented in history as far back as 5,000 years ago, used as medicinal agents due to their antiseptic and stimulant qualities. Bitters were used as medicinal tonics to aid digestion, ease constipation, prevent heartburn, reduce fever and promote blood circulation.
- Bitters evolved in more recent American history as cocktail flavorings and were widespread and frequently used from early Colonial times up to Prohibition. After Prohibition, bitters virtually disappeared in America, but still remained relevant in many countries around the world.
- Fast forward to 2018 and craft cocktails are making a sweeping comeback to bars, bistros, and lounges across the nation. Traditional bourbon and whiskey drinks such as the Old Fashioned and Manhattan are classic examples of bitters done right. But now many bartenders and mixologists are creating stunning fusions of tonics, syrups, citrus and bitters that shock and awe even the seasoned cocktail connoisseur.
Bitters truly are little bottles of magic, providing warm, spicy aromas and flavors that dress up even the most basic cocktail. Choose your poison:
- Whiskey/Coke – add two dashes of Aromatic Bitters and experience the transformation.
- Gin/Tonic – Orange Bitters give a citrus kick with hints of clove and cardamom.
- Bourbon on the rocks – Coffee Pecan Bitters will rock your world!
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