A Brief Word About Bitters

How Angostura bitters came to be and 7 cocktails to enjoy them in.
Angostura bitters
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Angostura bitters

According to a survey of 500 bartenders by BARTENDER Magazine, 96% of bars in the U.S. have and use Angostura bitters.

What is Angostura? Angostura aromatic bitters is a blend of rare tropical herbs and spices that is used to flavor and season a great variety of food dishes and certain alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The formula was first compounded in 1824 by Dr. Johann Siegert, Surgeon General in the army of the great liberator of South America, Simon Bolivar. Dr. Siegert's headquarters were in the port of Angostura, Venezuela, a city now known as Ciudad Bolivar. The doctor experimented for four years before finding the exact formula he was after to improve the appetites and well-being of his troops. Sailors pulling into the port discovered the bitters and bought bottles to carry away with them. Soon the fame of "Angostura" bitters spread around the world, and it now is used in many cocktails, including the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned.

Check out the recipes below for cocktail inspiration featuring Angostura bitters:


Click here for the Manhattan recipe.

Click here for the Old Fashioned recipe.

Click here for the Angostura Mug Shot recipe.

Click here for the Pink Gin recipe.

Click here for the Brandy Cocktail recipe.

Click here for the Heart Attack recipe.

Click here for the Ninetini recipe.