Every well-stocked bar has a variety of bitters, and in these days of resurgent cocktail culture, you can find many places that make them in-house. Bitters are essentially high-proof alcohol concoctions infused with herbs, fruits, spices, or roots. As longtime mixologist Phoebe Esmon knows, there is vast room for experimentation with bitters’ flavor, ranging from an intense herb variations to the classic spiced aromatic.
"The classic of all classic cocktails — the Old Fashioned — stems from a basic aromatic bitters," says Esmon. "But you can easily get creative and adjust the recipe for countless other drinks."
You can easily create your own classic cocktails by stocking your bar with bitters from the store. But, if you’re like us and are curious about how to make them yourself, Esmon reveals the basic recipe isn’t all that hard to execute. Tea, a handful of spices and some high-proof bourbon are really all you need.
— Grace Dickinson, The Drink Nation
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