What Are Bitters In Cocktails?

22 Sep, 2022
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Welcome to cocktail mixology 101. In this blog, we’re going to explore one of the most important components of various cocktail recipes. Especially if you’re a fan of Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Amaretto Sour cocktails – it’s bitters time! Here at Fentimans, we believe in making taste good, feel good cocktails. Encapsulating an array of delicious flavours and aromas, bitters transform a drink with a simple drop or two. And considering most bottles are 35-45? ABV, that’s really all you need!

What are Angostura bitters?

Bitters are small and mighty bottles packed with mouth-watering botanicals, from spices to fruits and herbs. There are multiple types of bitters, including the world-renowned Angostura bitters. This is a staple at any cocktail bar, but what exactly is it? The recipe for Angostura bitters is top secret. The flavour, however, shows that the bottle is infused with cloves and cinnamon, which is perfect for cocktails with a mouth-watering depth of flavour. And who wouldn’t like that?

What are Peychaud’s bitters?

Peychaud’s is another classic. The flavours are the complete opposite of Angostura bitters, with notes of licorice, rhubarbs, and cherry candy. A party for your taste buds, to say the least! Technically, you can pair Peychaud’s bitters with any cocktail. Even substituting Angostura in an Old Fashioned if you like. And there’s always the possibility of adding a tart and fruity twist to a sophisticated Negroni.

What are fruit bitters?

The fun doesn’t stop there! You can find multiple flavoured bitters, including a variety of fruit bitters. Let’s take a look at two iconic flavours.

What are orange bitters?

Orange bitters are delicious, to say the least. The perfect cocktail bitters, each bottle has a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and of course, orange. Bursting with citrus flavours, you can pair this with any cocktail ready for a twist of zing. They were even a part of the original recipe for a Dry Martini in the late 19th century!

What are grapefruit bitters?

Grapefruit bitters are anything but bland! With notes of lavender, sage, and gentian root, this is the perfect addition to any drink made with white spirits. So if you’re concocting a creation with vodka, gin, tequila, or white rum…you’re in for a treat! Remember to experiment with your flavours. These bitters are not only perfect for cocktails but they can be used in any mocktail recipe you’re eager to try. So grab your shaker and a scoop of ice, and you’re ready to go!

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