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bitters,

various alcoholic beverages containing bitter principles, such as angostura bark, cascarilla, quassia, gentian, orange, quinine, and other flavoring agents, and prepared by infusion or distillation. They are used as appetizers, digestives, and flavoring for mixed drinks and frequently attain an alcoholic strength of 40%.

Bitters

 

medicinal substances, predominantly of plant origin, which have a strongly bitter taste and are used for increasing the appetite and improving digestion. Used as bitters are preparations made from one medicinal plant (such as common wormwood, gentian, dandelion, centaury, or clover) or several (as in bitter infusion). The action of bitters consists of the reflexive intensification of gastric juice secretion as a result of stimulation of the endings of the taste nerves in the mouth. Bitters are prescribed in the form of decoctions, infusions, extracts, and liqueur.

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According to Dave Wondrich, author of Esquire Drinks (Hearst 2004) and Killer Cocktails (Harper Collins 2005), potable bitters "carry a much lighter load of herbal components than aromatic bitters.
Chefs have long known the use of aromatic bitters in the kitchen, and as their popularity grows, they're beginning to move from secret dash to starring role.
Like Simo, Mitra says that bartenders first incorporate amari as a replacement for aromatic bitters, increasing the amount while building on well-established drink templates.
Holliday uses the eclectic garnish for cocktails such as In Like a Lion ($12), with bourbon, Champagne, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, fermented-pineapple syrup and aromatic bitters.
Add tomatoes, orange, Angostura aromatic bitters and sugar; simmer for 3 minutes.
For instance, the Jiro Dreams of Whiskey ($12), a cold-weather take on the Old Fashioned, is made with Tennessee's Belle Meade bourbon, Jiro persimmon cordial, spiced cherry and aromatic bitters and allspice.
Add spices, sugar, fruit, juice and Angostura aromatic bitters, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
It's made with mezcal, Benedictine, aged Irish whiskey and Bitter Truth aromatic bitters, built in a rocks glass and garnished with a flamed orange peel.
Kill Devil's Navy Grog ($11) is one; it's made with Plantation rum, Ron del Barrilito, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon syrup and Dale DeGroff's pimento aromatic bitters.
Inventive fork-and-bottle combinations have included a Pomegranate Golden Gin Fizz with Old Tom Gin paired with Frisee Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Lardons and a Poached Quail Egg; and the Calvados- and Dubonnet-based Arnage with celery and aromatic bitters, served alongside Chicken and Apple Sausage with a Cabernet Reduction, Celery Root Puree and Espelette Pepper.