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Bitters Recipes

Recipes with Bitters
1919 Flip
Americana
Americano Campari
Amour Rouge Cocktail
Angler's Cocktail
Artillery
Antique Martini
Aruba Rum Punch
Aunt Agatha
Autumn Manhattan
Bahama Mama #2
Bailey's Coffee and Captain
Bailey's Spiced Nog
Balmoral
Basic Bill
Bastardo
Beaded Lady
Belvedere Black Raspberry Sour
Belvedere Intense Popcorn Sour
Belvedere Intense Sour Cocktail
Belvedere Orange Punch
Belvedere Pineapple Mary
Belvedere Spring Lemon Punch
Belvedere Vodka Mule
Bitter Rhubarb Martini
Bengal
Bermuda Rum Swizzle
Bernardo
Bittersweet Cocktail
Black Cherry and Rose Martini
Bloody Molly
Blue Bird
Boomerang
Bourbon Swizzle
Bourbon Toddy
Brandy Cocktail
Brandy Crusta Cocktail
Brandy Swizzle
Brandy Vermouth Cocktail
Brazil Cocktail
Bushmills Irish Punch
Bushranger
Cabaret
Cactus Bite
Canadian Cocktail
Canado Saludo
Captain's Coffee
Carlyle Cocktail
Cartwheel
Celtic Mix Cocktail
Champagne Cocktail
Champs Elysees Cocktail
Charles Cocktail
Chicago Cocktail
Chinese Cocktail
Choker
Clog
Coffee Old-Fashioned
Combo
Connaught Mule Cocktail
Corriander Mule
Crusta
Dead Bastard
Devil Cocktail
Dickie Ward
Diplomat
Dixie Whiskey Cocktail
Doralto
Dr. Dawson
Dubonnet Cocktail
Dying Bastard
Earl Grey Fizz
Early Autumn
East India Cocktail #1
East India Cocktail #2
East India Cocktail #3
El Presidente Cocktail
Emerald
Emerald Isle
Fallen Angel
Fancy Bourbon
Fancy Brandy
Fancy Gin
Fancy Scotch
Fancy Whiskey
Farmer Giles
Farmer's Cocktail
Fine and Dandy Cocktail
Fireside Martini Cocktail
Floridian Martini
Flying Scotsman
Fox River Cocktail
Gin and Bitters
Gin and Pink
Gin Cocktail
Gin Swizzle
Golden Martini recipe
Golf Cocktail
Greenbriar
Grey Goose Martini
Haidin-Haidin
Harvard Cocktail
Hat Trick
Headless Horseman
Horse and Jockey
Horse's Neck
Iced Tea Punch
Imperial Cocktail
Income Tax Cocktail
Intense Olive Martini
Irish Blond Cocktail
Irish Tea Party
Irish Whip Cocktail
Irish Whiskey Cocktail
IX - Negroni
Jamaican Cocktail
Jameson Whirlaway
Japanese Cocktail
Jim Jones
Jockey Club Cocktail
Journalist Cocktail
Kampai Cocktail
Kentucky Cooler
Kirby Cocktail
Kiss Me Quick
Lady Dani
Laguna
Lawhill Cocktail
London Special
Lover's Nocturne
Massey Recipe
Maurice Cocktail
Metropolitan Cocktail
Midnight Rose Fizz
Mid Summer Martini
Monkey Wrench
Monk's Sour
Moulin Rouge
Old Fashioned
Old Flame recipe
Netherland
Nevada Cocktail
Nevins
Nineteenth Hole
Pacific Sunshine
Paddy Cocktail
Palm House Martini
Palmer Cocktail
Palmetto Cocktail
Party Starter
Peter Pan Cocktail
Piedmont Peach Cocktail
Pisco Punch
Polish Mule Cocktail
Preakness Cocktail
Ragged Company
Riley's Sparrow
Red Currant and Rose Martini
Rum Old-fashioned
Rum Swizzle
San Francisco Cocktail
San Mateo
Saratoga Cocktail
Scotch Royale
Shanghai Lemon Drop
Sherry Cocktail
Shriner Cocktail
Silver Sour Cocktail
Six Shooter
Skip Run and Go Naked
St..Patricks Day Cocktail
Star Cocktail
Stone Fence
Strawberry Dream
Suffering Bastard
Sugar Daddy
Sunshine Cocktail
T N T Cocktail
Tangerine Nightmare
The Absolut Pear fect Season
The Grand Slam
The Smoking Cat
The Sun King
Tropical Cocktail
Turf Cocktail
Urban Cowboy
Valencia Cocktail recipe
Vanderbilt Cocktail
Vermouth Cocktail
Vicious Sid
Vieux Carre
Virgin Islands Rum Punch
Washington Cocktail
Wealthy Bastard
Whiskey Cocktail
Whiskey Swizzle
Whisky Kiss
White Lion Cocktail
Wild Turkey Manhattan
Yale Cocktail
Zombie 2

Bitters is an alcoholic beverage that is flavored with herbal essences and has a bitter or bittersweet flavor.

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There are many brands of bitters that were formerly marketed as having medicinal properties but are now considered to be digestifs, rather than medicines. Bitters commonly have an alcoholic strength of 45% ABV and are used as digestifs and as flavoring in cocktails.
Campari BittersThe word "bitters" derives from the fact that it does not contain added sugar or sweetener despite being strongly flavored. However, if the bitters is a tonic,or non-condiment Bitters like Campari, it may have some added sugar.

Bitters Ingredients

Bitters can have angostura bark, cascarilla, cassia, gentian, orange peel, and quinine from Cinchona bark. The flavor of Angostura bitters, Suze Bitters and Peychaud's Bitters derives primarily from gentian, a bitter herb. Bitters are prepared by infusion or distillation, using aromatic herbs, bark, roots, and/or fruit for their flavor and medicinal properties.

Christopher Hobbs LAc, AHG author of Foundations of Health lists angelica root (A. archangelica), artichoke leaf (Cynara scolymus), bitter orange peel (Citrus aurantium), blessed thistle leaves (Cnicus bendicutus), gentian root (Gentiana lutea), goldenseal rhizome (Hydrastis canadensis), wormwood leaves (Artemisia absinthium) and yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium) as typical contents of bitters formulas

The History of Bitters

Angostura bitters was first compounded in Venezuela in 1824 by a German physician, Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, as a cure for sea sickness and stomach maladies (though their other medicinal uses had been discovered long before this). Dr. Siegert subsequently formed the House of Angostura, a company selling the bitters to sailors.

It was exported to England and to Trinidad, where it came to be used in a number of cocktails, following its medicinal use by the Royal Navy in Pink Gin. Angostura and similar gentian bitters can be of some value for settling a mild case of nausea. It is used to stimulate the appetite, either for food or for cocktails. Used in both apéritifs and digestifs, it settles the stomach before a meal or before a night of drinking.
Angostura bitters was named after the town of Angostura in Venezuela. It contains no angostura bark, a medicinal bark which is named after the same town.

It is used as the "starter" ingredient in a Pink Gin, where a splash (or two) of Angostura Bitters is swirled around the inner surface of a tumbler before adding a generous measure of gin. The resulting drink is so named from the colour imparted by the Bitters. In addition to the options of drinking a Pink straight, it may also be consumed with a little water, still or sparkling. Some Pink Gin drinkers even have preference for drinking it "in" or "out", i.e., leaving in or pouring out the remaining dribble of bitters (after the glass has been "pinked"), before the gin is added.

Peychaud's Bitters is associated with New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Sazerac cocktail. It is also aromatic, showing subtle cloves and other spices on the nose.

Orange bitters are made from the rinds of Seville oranges, plus spices of varying recipes to enhance the orange flavour. Orange bitters are often called for in older cocktail recipes and range from aromatic to fruity.

Medicinal quantities of quinine were occasionally used in old cocktail recipes. Quinine is still found in much lower concentrations in tonic water, used today mostly in drinks with gin.