Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar. A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country, inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that make the American cocktail so special.
A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and
Buying Bitters made easy
Bitters are distilled alcoholic beverages strongly infused with
the essences of aromatic herbs and roots. Common ingredients include gentian,
quinine, orange peels and Angostura bark. The name "bitters" derives from the
bitter taste the liquid has on its own. The bitters bottle usually has a very
small slit or hole at the top to let out only a drop at a time. Bitters are primarily used in the preparation of cocktails, so it helps to keep a bottle of bitters in a well-stocked wet bar.
Required ingredient for the Sazerac Cocktail. Originally made by Antoine Amedie Peychaud, an apothecary in New Orleans. Peychauds Bitters blend the other ingredients together, add many layers and depths of flavor, and may even help your digestion afterward.
Distilled from the grape of the Euganean Hills area according to the traditions of the Veneto region. An excellent after-dinner contemplation libation distilled from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A fresh and fruity style of grappa that's sure to prove a hit.
What started for the family in 1847 as a butcher, then liquor, shop developed into a winery and importer. The bitters came later and rose in popularity with the distinction of being one of the most diverse lines of bitters. These hard to find
Fee Brothers bitters are essential for many classic cocktail recipes which are returning to popularity.
The Bitter Truth Bitters
The Bitter Truth Bitters were specifically designed for recreating classic drinks made true to the original recipe or for experimentation with modern cocktail creations. Our bitters are made the traditional way using only the best quality natural ingredients.
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Bitters, as the name suggests are a grouping of herbs with a predominantly bitter taste. They can range from more mellow plants like Dandelion Leaf to Gentian which is pictured above and widely used in many commercial bitters as a key "bittering" agent. The part of the plant used is usually the leaves, stems or roots, fresh or dried. At our shop we like to demonstrate the bitter quality of gentian by opening a mason jar of dried roots and letting our guests take a whiff- it's so strong that you can taste the bitterness in the back of your throat.
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