January 24, 2007

Housemade Bitters Make Cocktails Better

House made bittersWe're big fans of bitters - after all, they're a crucial ingredient in nature's perfect drink, the Old Fashioned. We know there are all sorts of different types, but we've never really paid that much attention to them. Apparently, there's a new trend where bars are making their own bitters to add that certain something to their drinks, and they're not alone...you can make your own bitters as well.

Check out some thoughts on bar bitters below, and click through to the story for a recipe for Dr. Schwartz's Cherry-Vanilla Bitters.

With the recent classic cocktail revival, bartenders and home mixologists have renewed interest in the ingredient. Bartender Jennifer Colliau of San Francisco's Slanted Door says, "It may be that we've run out of ways to infuse vodka. Now there are more people who are interested in booze that tastes like booze. (Bitters) alter the flavor of the liquor but in an aromatic way, rather than adding sugar or acidity -- lemon or lime juice -- or adding a mixer like soda."
SFGate - Reinventing Bitters

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 24, 2007 7:45 AM
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