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What are bitters?

Bitters are concentrated alcoholic tinctures made from a combination of herbs, spices, roots, fruits, and other botanical ingredients. They are used in cocktails to add complexity, balance, and depth of flavor. Bitters are typically made by macerating or infusing these ingredients in a high-proof spirit and then allowing the mixture to steep for a period of time.


Historically, bitters were developed for medicinal purposes and were believed to have digestive and restorative properties. Over time, they transitioned into the realm of cocktails and became an essential ingredient in many classic and contemporary drink recipes.


The most well-known and widely used type of bitters is Angostura Bitters, which originated in Venezuela and is characterized by its aromatic and complex flavor profile. Other common types of bitters include Peychaud's Bitters, which is associated with classic cocktails like the Sazerac, and Orange Bitters, which add a citrusy and aromatic element to drinks.


Bitters are typically used in small amounts, often just a few dashes, to enhance the overall flavor and balance of a cocktail. They can be added to a wide range of cocktails, including Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Martinis, and many others. Bitters can also be used in non-alcoholic drinks, mocktails, and even in cooking and baking to add depth and complexity to dishes.


It's worth noting that there is a growing variety of artisanal and craft bitters available, offering unique flavor combinations and profiles. From floral and herbal notes to spicy and smoky undertones, bitters provide an opportunity for mixologists and home bartenders to experiment and add their own creative touch to cocktails.

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