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What is the best bitters currently available?
Trader Tom
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Posted: 2009-09-26 02:02 am   Permalink

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On 2009-07-09 15:09, swizzle wrote:
One of my regular haunts stock a huge range of bitters and also make their own.They recently got in the Bitter Truth range,which i've tried a few of,and must say they are very good.



I saw that this company called Bitterman's has some interesting new products and that they partnered up with the Bitter Truth. Has anyone tried their stuff, particularly the ‘Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters or Xocolatl Mole Bitters described in the link below?

http://bittermens.com/the-bitters/




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GatorRob
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Posted: 2009-09-26 10:53 am   Permalink

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On 2009-09-26 02:02, Trader Tom wrote:
I saw that this company called Bitterman's has some interesting new products and that they partnered up with the Bitter Truth. Has anyone tried their stuff, particularly the ‘Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters or Xocolatl Mole Bitters described in the link below?


Yes, I've tried their mole bitters both in a cocktail and sampled on the tongue (and hands and nose!). And it's very, very good. Get it. I don't have a bottle yet though. Too expensive right now. Search around on Google for it. It's been written up quite a bit in the cocktail blogs. Fee's has an
Aztec Chocolate bitters, which I do have. Haven't gotten very familiar with it yet, but looking forward to it.


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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2009-09-28 10:49 am   Permalink

The Thirsty Travelor did an episode (last night) on Angostura Bitters. I like this show.

THE STORY OF ANGOSTURA BITTERS


How to Make Homemade Orange Bitters


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aquarj
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Posted: 2009-09-28 10:22 pm   Permalink

I've gotten kinda hooked on bitters, and often use them liberally. Don's Little Bitters (mentioned earlier by Suzanne) sounds tasty.

Not just cocktails, but a few shakes into orange juice in the morning, or even some squirts into plain sparkling water to give it a little zip. Just recently I got Fee Bros' whiskey barrel aged bitters, and really like that flavor.

BTW, that was at Beltramo's, which was also mentioned here.

-Randy


 
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2012-04-21 10:42 pm   Permalink

Has anyone else used the tiki bitters? Not sure what they would go in, since everything is so drop of this dash of that



 
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Brandomoai
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Posted: 2012-04-22 08:59 am   Permalink

Bittermen's Tiki Bitters can go into any tiki drink that calls for Angostura. Their flavor profile is all Caribbean spices and pairs perfectly with rum. I think about 6-8 drops equals a dash. They lend themselves to experimentation, as well. Just try mixing a little with some rum, simple syrup, and lime to understand the flavors and take it from there!


 
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poutineki
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Posted: 2012-04-22 12:18 pm   Permalink

The Elemakule Tiki bitters are nice. As was mentioned above, subbing them in tiki recipes calling for Angostura works really well. I like to work grapefruit bitters into some recipes using grapefruit juice, especially if the juice is a bit on the watery or sweet side. I also have a roasted pineapple bitters that is nice in many tiki drinks. I've been considering trying a coffee bitters I have in some of the coffee-containing drinks that call for Angostura, or maybe a combo of the Elemakule bitters and the coffee bitters. I'm at about 22 different bitters in my cabinet right now but I'd only consider 3 essential (Angostura, Peychaud's and an orange bitters) with maybe 8 - 10 that get used somewhat frequently. The rest are just things that sounded interesting enough to want to check out.

 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2012-04-22 12:39 pm   Permalink

I made something years ago with peach bitters, Brizzard Aprie, and for the life of me the other ingredients vanished from my brain- but i do remember it was super tasty!

 
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2012-04-22 2:58 pm   Permalink

I was going to pick up the Bittermans Chocolate Bitters and also the Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb bitters to give those a try

Rhubarb bitters seem to make a great old fashion and the chocolate might play nicely in drinks with Creme de Cacao i was thinking


 
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