True Love is Bitter
You know us, we’re wine drinking gals, but when we drink the hard stuff–vodka, bourbon, scotch– we prefer it straight up. These are adult drinks and each maker works hard to give their spirit a distinct taste. (Read more in the tutorial on whisky/whiskey in our book.) We don’t want the flavor adulterated. If we want lemonade or a milkshake that’s what we drink—not some gussied up beverage that obscures the flavor of the alcohol.
So, we were all set to hate on ‘bitters’. Instead, we love them. Peychaud and Angostura are the two most easily found, but there seems to be an entire cottage industry devoted to crafting cool new ones. Like Coca Cola and English muffins the recipes are cloaked in secrecy, but typically include herbs, barks and the roots of gentian flowers steeped in alcohol. More savory, at least to our buds, than sweet.
A dash or two in a drink converts an ordinary cocktail into something most interesting.
Last night we made up a new ‘bitters’ cocktail.
-1 ½ jiggers of Kirkland Vodka (rumor has it that this Costco brand is really the same as Grey Goose, we’re not stating this as fact, but we like it very much. It’s industrial size, a great price and cool looking, too.)
-1/4 jigger Mathilde Pear Liqueur
-2 dashes Angostura bitters
-A generous squeeze of fresh lime juice
Combine in a cocktail shaker with loads of ice. Shake until there are shards of ice and the mix turns frothy.
Share your favorite cocktail invention.