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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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Bitters non-potable? Pshaw.

Cocktails with Lots of Non-potable Bitters

Many of the definitive cocktails from both vintage and modern times are held together by non-potable bitters - infusions of various barks, roots, spices, and other flavoring agents that were traditionally developed as medicine. Before Prohibition (but after the cocktail had been well-established), this usually meant Angostura, Peychaud's, Boker's, or orange bitters, which were key ingredients in drinks like the Manhattan, the Sazerac, and - despite what Winston Churchill said - the Martini.

Recent Additions

  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice
  • Japanese reviver — Shochu, Aromatized wine, Lemon juice, Bergamot liqueur, Agave syrup
  • NoiseMaker — Brandy, Licor 43, Dry sherry, Grapefruit juice, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Smoked 45, 45 minutes ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 18 hours 7 minutes ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.

  • Re Gathering Storm, 22 hours 11 minutes ago subspot commented:

    Might need a little more sweetness, very dry as is with my pineapple gomme syrup from Cocktail Codex which is a 1-1 sugar to pineapple juice (with added acid and gum powder). Almost a bit too christmasy, but very good.

  • Re Champs Elysées, 1 day 5 hours ago yarm commented:

    Note: the drink was first published as Green Chartreuse but it is far superior with Yellow to my palate, so that's how I (and most folks) make it.

  • Re The Beast, 2 days 17 hours ago stirred commented:

    Like a complex cola. Made with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic.