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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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But it was not likely that he had reference to the kind of anguish that comes with destitution, that is so endlessly bitter and cruel, and yet so sordid and petty, so ugly, so humiliating--unredeemed by the slightest touch of dignity or even of pathos.
Four or five miles to the eastward lay the lake, and over this the bitter winds came raging.
One bitter morning in February the little boy who worked at the lard machine with Stanislovas came about an hour late, and screaming with pain.
As humans, of course, we can eventually learn to enjoy bitters and dislike sugar).
These days anyone who takes their drinking seriously is getting intimate with bitters.
A few logs on the fire and a glass of fine Bourbon with just the right mix of bitters and sweetness is one of life's purest joys.
Now you have a resurgence of the traditional draught bitters and there are more and more micro breweries like mine.
A few scant years ago, if a patron strolled into an establishment and asked the barman what types of bitters he carried, he'd have probably been greeted with a look that was quizzical, to say the least.
The recipe for Angostura aromatic bitters is so closely guarded that it is practically a synonym for "secret," says Suraj Bachan, a taxi driver in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Angostura's first variant on its original bitters product in nearly 200 years will hit shelves in the UK this week.
Aromatic bitters were originally formulated for use as preventive tonics against the fevers and infections that threatened colonial visitors to the tropics.
Over the past 24 months, the Bitters turned down very profitable straight sale transactions, which would have forced their 100% relocation to South Carolina," said John Maltz, managing director of Greiner-Maltz.