Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's OK to be Bitter...

Angostura Bitters (http://www.angosturabitters.com)is an item that you could find at your local grocery store for around $6, which will easily spice up your drinks at home. Think of it like paprika...Just a dash will do ya.
There are a few different brands of bitters in an array of flavors and should be considered a "must" for your liquor cabinet.  The unique blend of tropical herbs and plants were originally created in the early 1800s by Dr. J.G.B. Siegert in Venezuela, and has been used ever since.  

There are many cocktail recipes that incorporate Angostura Bitters, like the Mojito, but I challenge you to try it in your favorite drinks.  Try a dash in your Rum & Coke....a couple of drops in your Vodka & Red Bull....a dash in your Seven & Seven...you'll be surprised at how it can add complexity to your preferred libation.

Angostura Bitters also works well in the kitchen!  Use it for marinades, in soups, on salads, for vegetables, in your baked goods, or a couple of dashes on a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  That's some good stuff!

Angostura Royale
2 oz Angostura 1919 premium rum
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
3-4 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel

Angostura Strudel
1.5 oz Vodka
1 oz. Amaretto
2 oz strawberry nectar
1 slice apple (muddled)
3-4 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters 

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

1 comment:

  1. I do like cooking with spirits of pretty much any kind, even cheap beer I have had good results with. Like the idea of a little bitter though in my favorite dark rum and coke, give it a new taste. Thanks for the tip.