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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

  • Stag's Hide — Islay Scotch, Santa Maria al Monte, Tea, Bergamot liqueur, Honey syrup, Orange peel
  • The Zinger — Rye, Averna, Ginger syrup
  • Violet's Problem — Cognac, Crème de Violette, Crème de mure, Bitters, Grapefruit juice
  • Ô la belle vie — Islay Scotch, Kirschwasser, Amaro Lucano, Sweet vermouth, Maurin Quina, Bianco Vermouth, Rose water
  • Continuum — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Cynar, Curaçao, Orange peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Tahitian Equinox, 12 hours 10 minutes ago joegatorsr commented:

    used candied ginger and added a 1/4 oz of wray and nephews overproof - very nice

  • Re A Scotsman In Paradise, 6 days 10 hours ago happyrobot commented:

    Depending on the scotch I might tweak the coconut. I think the current amount in general could bumped up a tiny bit to lend more texture and weight.

    But, as others have said, pineapple + coconut cream + scotch = what’s not to love?

  • Re Smoking Jacket, 1 week 1 day ago yarm commented:

    Could've just checked the source material instead of your notes: https://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2011/02/smoking-jacket.html

  • Re Trinidad Sour, 1 week 1 day ago Sperans commented:

    Reminds me of a full-bodied falernum which probably makes sense given the lemon and almond notes it should have, this is a 10/10, unbelievable!

  • Re Autumn Negroni, 1 week 2 days ago chadwilcomb commented:

    A great one to batch up, given all the ingredients. Delicious drink the whole year round!