Lusty Lady
Source: Scrappy’s Bitters box
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/8 oz cranberry juice, 2-3 dashes lavender bitters, 1 egg white. Shake dry and then with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Verdict: I really like this cocktail, even though it’s a little high maintenance due to the egg white. The lavender bitters add a great, elegant kick. It also looks really pretty. Definitely worth trying!

Lusty Lady

Source: Scrappy’s Bitters box

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/8 oz cranberry juice, 2-3 dashes lavender bitters, 1 egg white. Shake dry and then with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I really like this cocktail, even though it’s a little high maintenance due to the egg white. The lavender bitters add a great, elegant kick. It also looks really pretty. Definitely worth trying!

The Coloradoan

Ingredients: 1 oz each gin, dry vermouth, and Breckenridge Bitters; 1 dash smoked orange bitters. Build in a glass with ice.

Verdict: This is a play on the negroni I created for Breckenridge Bitters. I like it! I think it’s a great balance between sweet, dry, and smoky.

The Coloradoan

Ingredients: 1 oz each gin, dry vermouth, and Breckenridge Bitters; 1 dash smoked orange bitters. Build in a glass with ice.

Verdict: This is a play on the negroni I created for Breckenridge Bitters. I like it! I think it’s a great balance between sweet, dry, and smoky.

Chocolate Crab Apple Bitters
Ingredients: 1 cup vodka, 3-4 crab apples, 2 juniper berries, about 1 oz chocolate. Infuse in an airtight jar for about 2 weeks, shaking every day. Then strain out the solids and steep in hot water. Let water cool, then strain out solids again and add the water to the bitters.
So I set out to make my own bitters, and I really wanted to use stuff from my yard (hence the crab apples and juniper berries). I honestly had NO IDEA what I was doing or how this would turn out.
The bitters actually turned out pretty good, until I decided to add sugar to the water mixture. Then all of sudden it looked and smelled disgusting. So I don’t recommend doing that.
I also used them in a cocktail and they tasted okay, but a little odd. Not the most successful experiment, but it turned out better than I thought it would.

Chocolate Crab Apple Bitters

Ingredients: 1 cup vodka, 3-4 crab apples, 2 juniper berries, about 1 oz chocolate. Infuse in an airtight jar for about 2 weeks, shaking every day. Then strain out the solids and steep in hot water. Let water cool, then strain out solids again and add the water to the bitters.

So I set out to make my own bitters, and I really wanted to use stuff from my yard (hence the crab apples and juniper berries). I honestly had NO IDEA what I was doing or how this would turn out.

The bitters actually turned out pretty good, until I decided to add sugar to the water mixture. Then all of sudden it looked and smelled disgusting. So I don’t recommend doing that.

I also used them in a cocktail and they tasted okay, but a little odd. Not the most successful experiment, but it turned out better than I thought it would.

Angostura fizz
Ingredients: 1 oz Angostura bitters, 1 oz lime juice, 1/4 oz simple syrup, 1/4 oz grenadine, 1/2 oz cream, 1 egg white. Shake with ice for a really long time and double-strain into a chilled glass. Top with some seltzer water.
Source: Bitters: A History
This cocktail dates from 1908 and was described by Charles H. Baker as the perfect cocktail for “whenever the climate is hot and the humidity high and stomachs stage sit-down strikes and view all thought of food—present or future—with entire lack of enthusiasm.”
Guys, I had A LOT of problems with this cocktail. First time, the lid came off the shaker and I swear to god I’m still finding stains from the cocktail that went everywhere. The second time, I was taking the eggs out of the fridge, dropped them, and broke EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I finally made it because I wasn’t about to let this cocktail get the better of me, and it didn’t taste that great. The end.

Angostura fizz

Ingredients: 1 oz Angostura bitters, 1 oz lime juice, 1/4 oz simple syrup, 1/4 oz grenadine, 1/2 oz cream, 1 egg white. Shake with ice for a really long time and double-strain into a chilled glass. Top with some seltzer water.

Source: Bitters: A History

This cocktail dates from 1908 and was described by Charles H. Baker as the perfect cocktail for “whenever the climate is hot and the humidity high and stomachs stage sit-down strikes and view all thought of food—present or future—with entire lack of enthusiasm.”

Guys, I had A LOT of problems with this cocktail. First time, the lid came off the shaker and I swear to god I’m still finding stains from the cocktail that went everywhere. The second time, I was taking the eggs out of the fridge, dropped them, and broke EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I finally made it because I wasn’t about to let this cocktail get the better of me, and it didn’t taste that great. The end.

Underberg
Ingredients: iz sekret
Source: BITTERS by Brad Thomas Parsons
Underberg is a brand of potable bitters made in Germany. Potable bitters=bitters that you can drink on their own, fyi. The bottles are 20 ml and you drink it in a single shot. Purported effects are “good for digestion,” to help you be “bright and alert,” relieve stress (!), and enhance “feeling of well-being.” Not sold yet? Let’s take a peek at the package description:

Since 1846, Europeans have known Underberg as a remarkably satisfying way to conclude a meal. But to define Underberg, you have to experience it… It cannot be explained: it must be experienced.

Holy moley, it sounds like a combination of Red Bull and LSD—it’s not just a bottle of bitters, it’s an EXPERIENCE! There’s no way I’m not trying this.
First of all, the licorice taste is VERY strong. This stuff kicks you in mouth, for sure. It did make my tummy feel remarkably better, though, and possibly less stressed (?). I’m going to say, sure, it made me feel less stressed and enhanced my feelings of well-being. Mm-hm.
Overall I think Underberg is worth trying out. Why the heck not? You can buy it on Amazon.

Underberg

Ingredients: iz sekret

Source: BITTERS by Brad Thomas Parsons

Underberg is a brand of potable bitters made in Germany. Potable bitters=bitters that you can drink on their own, fyi. The bottles are 20 ml and you drink it in a single shot. Purported effects are “good for digestion,” to help you be “bright and alert,” relieve stress (!), and enhance “feeling of well-being.” Not sold yet? Let’s take a peek at the package description:

Since 1846, Europeans have known Underberg as a remarkably satisfying way to conclude a meal. But to define Underberg, you have to experience it… It cannot be explained: it must be experienced.

Holy moley, it sounds like a combination of Red Bull and LSD—it’s not just a bottle of bitters, it’s an EXPERIENCE! There’s no way I’m not trying this.

First of all, the licorice taste is VERY strong. This stuff kicks you in mouth, for sure. It did make my tummy feel remarkably better, though, and possibly less stressed (?). I’m going to say, sure, it made me feel less stressed and enhanced my feelings of well-being. Mm-hm.

Overall I think Underberg is worth trying out. Why the heck not? You can buy it on Amazon.

Bitters and soda 

Ingredients: Put 4-6 dashes of bitters into a glass with ice, top with club soda.

Source: Bitters: A Spirited History, by Brad Thomas Parsons

Apparently bitters started off not as a flavoring, but a cure-all for various ailments. Adding a few dashes to a glass of club soda is supposed to help your stomach and digestion. I think this actually made my stomach more upset, though.

Bitters and soda

Ingredients: Put 4-6 dashes of bitters into a glass with ice, top with club soda.

Source: Bitters: A Spirited History, by Brad Thomas Parsons

Apparently bitters started off not as a flavoring, but a cure-all for various ailments. Adding a few dashes to a glass of club soda is supposed to help your stomach and digestion. I think this actually made my stomach more upset, though.