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Mixers, Water, Ice and Glasses

All of the ingredients in a cocktail contribute to the experience.


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Old 03-03-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Can anyone explain to me what bitters are, and why the most commonly used are Angostura Bitters??
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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Bitters are typically made using alcohol, herbs, and citrus or other fruit. As the name suggests they are typically bitter when tasted on their own. Most of the known names were originally developed for medicinal purposes (for example, Peychaud's). Now they are mostly used to add extra flavoring to drinks. They give a drink a certain extra presence and taste, almost in a similar fashion to spices in food.
I think Angostura bitters were just able to grab the most market share due to well-planned international expansion. Before the prohibition, orange bitters were actually the most popular to add to cocktails.
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Please see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitters

http://cocktaildb.com/ingr_browse?category=2

The history of bitters and their role as a defining component of the cocktail is quite interesting.

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It's great for a hangover (Bitters and soda) or for a stomach ache.
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