Bitters are the equivalent to spices, where they are best used in beverages and food. They derive their unique flavor from a liquid extraction of seeds, herbs, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and the fruit of various plants. This highly concentrated product was originally patented as a tonic for medicinal purposes. However, their use has transformed since its origin; now notably used to dash in beverages – specifically cocktails – and in food. Bitters are added to provide just that – bitter or bittersweet flavors. An important chapter in their history came in 1824 when Dr. Johann G.B. Siegert, surgeon general under Simón Boliíviar, perfected his recipe for bitters. They became known as ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters, now produced under The House of Angostura.
ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters are the salt and pepper to food. As writer Richard Goodwin once said, “A cocktail cabinet without Angostura is like a kitchen without salt and pepper.” Bitters add a layer of complexity, intensify the flavor of other ingredients, counteract the harshness of acidic contents and decrease the harshness of spirits. But it doesn’t stop there – they also help cleanse the palate and aid in digestion.
Ever had an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Pink Gin or Mai Tai? Then you’ve experienced ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters. It’s the can’t-miss bottle behind the bar, dawning an oversized label and distinct yellow cap.
To diversify the cocktail scene even more, The House of Angostura released ANGOSTURA® orange bitters in 2007 to join the growing ranks of flavored bitters. To this day they are considered the leading orange bitters on the market.
Just as ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters have their own recipe — a special, complex blend of tropical oranges and spices craft ANGOSTURA® orange bitters. Now, it is said that ANGOSTURA® orange bitters are the soul to an exceptional dry martini. They work well with vodka, gin and whiskey, while adding a pleasant depth to rum cocktails. Most recently, they have become a must-have ingredient for chefs in the culinary world. ANGOSTURA® orange bitters have been dashed in savory sauces, compliment seafood dishes and blended with chocolate.
The complexity of ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange bitters have allowed them to withstand the test of time. They have become a coveted staple for bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts and cooks — transforming the culinary and cocktail worlds.