Forget anger, spite and resentment. There’s a whole new world of bitterness out there, friends, and it has us pleased as punch.
Yup, we’re talking about cocktail bitters, the aromatic elixir that began life as a medicinal tonic and now gives the Manhattan, the Old-Fashioned and countless craft cocktails that certain… je ne sais quaff.
One of our long-time favorites for uniting, sort of magically, the diverse elements of a beverage and contributing delicious complexity, bitters are enjoying something of a flavor renaissance these days. (OK, we’re doing most of the enjoying.) Fee Brothers, a family-owned company since before Prohibition, is mixing it up by adding creative flavors to their traditional (read: secret) bitters formula of herb, bark, root and/or fruit extracts. Aztec Chocolate, Rhubarb and Whisky Barrel Aged Bitters are among the inspiring new concoctions that have us feeling like master mixologists.
We had you at Aztec Chocolate? You got it:
Left Hand Cocktail
1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz Campari
2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir. Serve in a martini glass, garnished with a whiskey-soaked cherry.
(Recipe adapted from The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan)
Which brings us to the bitter end, a decidedly tasty place to be.
Pucker up at Famous Foods.