I have been finding, though, that a dash of bitters in a glass of soda water is an immensely refreshing drink, especially in the afternoon, when I don't want a full-on cocktail.
Bitters are generally 35% to 45% alcohol, but using them in moderation like this means that the resulting drink is quite low in alcohol. I did some rough calculations, and a drink with a teaspoon of bitters has probably about as much alcohol as 1/10th of a glass of wine.
And yet the soda tastes herbal and warm, almost like a watered-down root beer. That doesn't sound very pleasant, perhaps, but if you are looking for a drink that is not sweet at all, and that has only light flavor, this might be up your alley. I have found it wonderfully refreshing, and a nice substitute for a more alcoholic (and calorie-laden) cocktail. I certainly don't forgo those; I just save them until after work.
Do you ever drink bitters in soda? What kind do you use? I have been drinking regular Angostura, but I also really like Peychaud's and the Blood Orange Bitters from Stirrings.
(Images: Faith Durand)