I can't remember where I first heard about this snazzy line of cocktail bitters from The Bitter Truth, but I'm glad I did. Grapefruit bitters? Chocolate bitters? Maybe we can't afford ambergris, but we can certainly still bring some bling to our cocktails.
In addition to the classic aromatic bitters, The Bitter Truth carries seven other kinds of bitters: orange, lemon, celery, grapefruit, chocolate, Jerry Thomas bitters, and Creole bitters. All are based off of old pre-Prohibition recipes that have long since faded from home bars and barrooms alike.
Just reading this list makes me itch to throw a cocktail party. Bitters are never usually the main ingredient in a cocktail, but they're that little sumpin' sumpin' that makes you smile after taking a sip. They're added to give cocktails nuance and depth, a little punch of flavor that you'd miss if it weren't there.
The website for The Bitter Truth has plenty of cocktail recipes to try and a search engine to locate the store nearest you that carries their bitters:
Have you tried any of their bitters?
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