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aromatic bitters



Also known as



Generic for concentrated bitter tincture of herbs, spices, fruit, and spirits. Deemed too bitter to be consumed by themselves, they are normally applied to any beverage in dashes or small fractions of an ounce or mililiter. Though containing alcohol up to 80 proof, manufacture was allowed without restriction even during Prohibition, because the bitterness was such that the Internal Revenue Service, who administered compliance with the National Prohibition Act, termed it "non-potable alcohol" ie, too bitter to consume straight.


bitter, herbal, spicy, cinnamon, clove and anise


Generally available. Distributed world-wide. Available for on-line ordering in some markets.


Brand examples are Angostura bitters, Peychaud bitters, and Fee's aromatic bitters

Usage examples

This ingredient appears in 154 recipes in CocktailDB.
pictureFloridian Cocktail #3
pictureJack In The Box
pictureKup's Indispensable
pictureChamps Elysee's Cocktail
pictureGypsy Variation
pictureSaratoga Variation

Museum of the American Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail 2006
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