Bitters are making a sweet comeback

Bitters aren’t just for Old Fashioneds anymore

“There are certain classic cocktails — a Manhattan, for example, or an Old Fashioned — that absolutely require a dash or two of bitters,” says Ryan Maybee, Kansas City’s celebrity bartender.

Anyone who has done a stint behind the bar knows that little bottle of Angostura bitters — or one of the newer versions of flavored bitters — is a staple of a well-stocked bar. The dark-brown liquid looks very much like a tonic — which is precisely how many bitters were originally marketed, as patent medicine. Feeling a little queasy before dinner? A splash of bitters in a glass of tonic is an effective digestif. And yes, they do contain alcohol.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink