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Angostura Bitters

angostura imageYou won’t find a bartender without a bottle of Angostura Bitters within easy reach. It is THE original cocktail seasoning, an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails such as the Mojito, Old Fashioned, and Singapore Sling. The magic of Angostura Bitters is that it has a distinctly unique flavour - earthy, fruity, spicy, herby, sweet and bitter - all at the same time, and added to different things it can help to enhance the natural flavours in other ingredients.

Angostura Bitters is named after the port in Venezuela where it was first made by a German naval doctor as an indigestion remedy in 1824. Because of its unique flavour it soon became popular as an ingredient in cooking and added to drinks, particularly the mixed up alcoholic variety!


The distinguishing feature of Angostura Bitters is the oversized label, and the story is a classic tale in Angostura’s history. Some time ago, a batch of labels were ordered that were too big for the bottles. Although the error was spotted in good time, no one actually did anything about it because everyone thought that someone else would do it. Eventually it got to a stage where no one could be bothered because the labels still worked, and customers were still buying Angostura. The oversized label has actually become a design classic and makes Angostura instantly recognisable from other bitters brands, and it’s great at catching kamikaze drips as well.


CocktailAngostura has a fantastic deep pink colour, and just a few drops added to a clear drink will turn it a light pink and add a unique flavour of herbs, fruits and spices, and bring out natural flavours. For example, added to a classic Gin and Tonic, it brings out the flavours of the botanicals in the gin such as juniper and citrus peels, making it taste slightly spicier and drier, and giving it a brilliant pinky translucence (great if you want to match the colour of your drink to your shoes). Try also adding it to your Bloody Marys to bring out the fruitiness of the tomato juice. You will also find Angostura Bitters as one of the ingredients in many cocktail classics such as the Old Fashioned, the Mojito, and Champagne cocktail. When you’re making cocktails at home, there is a temptation to leave out certain ingredients, and Angostura is sometimes one of them If you are one of those (naughty) people who has been known to do this, pick up a bottle of Angostura and start splashing it about – you’ll instantly notice the difference it makes. (While you’re at it, try adding a healthy dash to your gravy for your Sunday roast as it adds an extra fruity zing!)

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