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Bitters #14444648 01/07/20
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Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?


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Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?

An old fashioned...what?

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An old-fashioned is a currently (very) popular bourbon-based cocktail.

Generally it is highball glass with a bit of citrus peel rubbed around the rim, two ice cubes, two shots of bourbon, a few dashes of bitters, and citrus peel garnish.


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My version is similar, but I use the citrus peel to transport a bittering bitters first. Then a couple ice cubes, bourbon, and some aromatic bitters. The garnish is still citrus peel.


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Re: Bitters [Re: Sitka deer] #14444874 01/08/20
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Don't forget sugar or simple syrup in your old fashioned. Back in the '60s at least old fashons were popular with women while men drank Manhattans. Or dry martinis.


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I admire your determination in making bitters. Have a bottle of Angostura mainly for cooking and it must be nearly 20 years old. How can you tell if its gone bad - turns sweet?


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Originally Posted by ironbender
Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?

An old fashioned...what?

wink


They're not all bourbon based - but they are all whisky based.

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Re: Bitters [Re: nighthawk] #14445727 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by nighthawk
Don't forget sugar or simple syrup in your old fashioned. Back in the '60s at least old fashons were popular with women while men drank Manhattans. Or dry martinis.

Yup, forgot the simple syrup. And sugar is out because it does not dissolve reliably. I generally skip the sugar.


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Originally Posted by nighthawk
I admire your determination in making bitters. Have a bottle of Angostura mainly for cooking and it must be nearly 20 years old. How can you tell if its gone bad - turns sweet?

It is very trendy these days... There is even a shop in the Sea-Tac airport that makes a huge number of different bitters and that is all they sell.


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Originally Posted by New_2_99s
Originally Posted by ironbender
Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?

An old fashioned...what?

wink


They're not all bourbon based - but they are all whisky based.

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You are correct.


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I went to a wedding once in Wisconsin (maybe 20 years ago). They had keg beer and pitchers of old fashions. I think its the #1 cocktail in WI.

I prefer a manhattan.

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I have a buddy who makes his own bitters. Its good stuff.

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Any recipes for bitters?


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Every bar has Angostura because it's the most available. It's certainly not the best. My wife likes Manhattans, so I've experimented with a variety of Vermouths and bitters.

Peycheaux is "lighter" with a bit too much cinnamon-like note.

Scrappy's is okay. Wife doesn't care for it, but I use it in gin.

Fee Brothers is the best we've found so far. Complex and deeply flavored. I buy the 13-oz size and refill my 5-oz bar bottle as needed.


Fee Bros makes a dozen or more kinds of bitters. I use their Old Fashioned, Orange, and Lemon kinds. A dash of Orange in gin is fabulous.


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Originally Posted by ironbender
Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?

An old fashioned...what?

wink


Once, at a wonderful bar/eatery that no longer exists in Virginia, Minnesota, I ordered an old fashioned and got exactly that response from the waitress. We explained that she should just tell the bartender and that he would know what to do. Her response was, "No, he won't." My back was to the opening into the bar, and one of our group said that they were talking, then that he was getting a bottle of vodka, then that he had put it back and was on the phone. When the drink eventually arrived, it was quite passable.


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Re: Bitters [Re: RockyRaab] #14446282 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by RockyRaab

Fee Bros makes a dozen or more kinds of bitters. I use their Old Fashioned, Orange, and Lemon kinds. A dash of Orange in gin is fabulous.


I bet a dash of their lime bitters would be a nice touch for a gin & tonic.


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Originally Posted by 5sdad
Originally Posted by ironbender
Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Anyone make their own? Anyone like an Old-Fashioned?

I started a couple years ago and have worked up a couple recipes I really like and they have been very well-received. Anyone else?

An old fashioned...what?

wink


Once, at a wonderful bar/eatery that no longer exists in Virginia, Minnesota, I ordered an old fashioned and got exactly that response from the waitress. We explained that she should just tell the bartender and that he would know what to do. Her response was, "No, he won't." My back was to the opening into the bar, and one of our group said that they were talking, then that he was getting a bottle of vodka, then that he had put it back and was on the phone. When the drink eventually arrived, it was quite passable.


Why don't they have a copy of the Mr. Boston guide behind the bar?


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Re: Bitters [Re: RockyRaab] #14446380 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by RockyRaab
Every bar has Angostura because it's the most available. It's certainly not the best. My wife likes Manhattans, so I've experimented with a variety of Vermouths and bitters.

Peycheaux is "lighter" with a bit too much cinnamon-like note.

Scrappy's is okay. Wife doesn't care for it, but I use it in gin.

Fee Brothers is the best we've found so far. Complex and deeply flavored. I buy the 13-oz size and refill my 5-oz bar bottle as needed.


Fee Bros makes a dozen or more kinds of bitters. I use their Old Fashioned, Orange, and Lemon kinds. A dash of Orange in gin is fabulous.

I have made lots of different citrus tinctures to mix into the bitters... so far, navel oranges have proven the poorest for flavor. Grapefruit is reliably good, tangerines are good, but lemon and lime have proven to be a bit bland. Living this far from decent produce makes it tough to get much variety.


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Re: Bitters [Re: mathman] #14446382 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by mathman
Originally Posted by RockyRaab

Fee Bros makes a dozen or more kinds of bitters. I use their Old Fashioned, Orange, and Lemon kinds. A dash of Orange in gin is fabulous.


I bet a dash of their lime bitters would be a nice touch for a gin & tonic.


Hey Math, bit off track, but you started it !

There is also quite the variety of tonic waters available now too.

We've been enjoying the Fever Tree varieties for the last couple of months.

https://fever-tree.com/en_US


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Re: Bitters [Re: Tyrone] #14446401 01/08/20
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Originally Posted by Tyrone
Any recipes for bitters?

There are lots of bitters recipes on the internet and almost all give a bunch of ingredients and says to cover them with everclear or vodka and let them sit for 2-4 weeks. That does not make sense to me because you do not know which component made the difference, good or bad.

I make tinctures of all sorts of spices, roots, leaves, fruits, etc. and then mix them. The base of most commercial bittering bitters is gentian bark. I made a couple quarts of it and start there. My latest success is a mocha bitters and a bit of it on vanilla bean ice cream is killer!

It has gentian, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice seed and root, brown sugar simple syrup, ginger, and fennel.

I made one for Christmas with all the expected Christmasy spices.


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