Bitters Braised Pork 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 1 1/2 poundspork for stew, cut into 2 -inch cubes 2 medium onion, cubed 8 doves garlic, minced 1/4 cup red wine 2 flavoring peppers, minced 4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 5 teaspoons Angostura aromatic bitters
2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 fresh tomatoes, cubed 1 cup chicken stock 1 sweet pepper, diced 3 cloves garlic 1/4 inch orange peel Optional: Pinch of red pepper chili flakes Salt to taste Place oil in a heavy flameproof casserole pot and heat on high.
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. Otherwise they wouldn't be something you'd care to drink without further dilution." In the final category are fruit bitters, similar in potency to aromatic bitters, but obviously more fruit-focused in their flavor profiles.
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.
I g protein; 0 g fat; 17 g carbo.; 2.9 mg sodium; 0 mg chol Italian Ice 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup sweet vermouth or orange juice 2 tablespoons Campari or 2 teaspoons aromatic bitters
1 tablespoon lime juice Lime slices (optional)
Pineapple gum syrup 2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Now bars and restaurants all across the country are incorporating amari in their drinks; as replacements for aromatic bitters, as one of a handful of ingredients in more assertive cocktails, or as leading lights in drinks on their own.
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
. He's also carbonated mandarin oranges for a Mimosa, and garnished a bourbon and apple cider cocktail--which was rimmed with proscuitto--with carbonated apples.
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
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
He muses that "lines that have been blurred between cooking and bartending are [now] redrawn as this: bartending is a branch of the food arts." 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.