Getting Started With Bitters

* Note: In our recipes, 1 dropper refers to the natural amount of liquid the dropper draws, about 1/4-1/3 full, not a full dropper.

1 dropper is also equivalent to 1 dash from a shaker bottle of bitters, which is used in most recipes.

 

We realize not everyone who purchases our bitters is a professional bartender or has an extensive home back bar.

Accordingly so, this page offers some simple recipes that anyone can make at home.

 

Soda water and bitters is always an excellent non-alcoholic option as well.

 

Old Fashioned

The birthplace of the word "cocktail" and the quintessential bitters classic.

 

2 oz (60 ml) of spirit

1 tsp (5 ml) simple syrup OR 1 tsp sugar OR 1 sugarcube

2 dashes of The Apothecary Bitters Company's bitters

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Add all ingredients to a mixing vessel. If using sugar or a  sugarcube, muddle until the sugar dissolves.

Fill with ice and stir for 20 - 30 seconds.

Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice (the larger the better) and garnish with an orange twist, squeezing the oils over the drink.

 

You can use any of our bitters in an old fashioned and it's a great way to experiment with them.

To get you started, here are a few suggestions:
General Ambrose's aromatic bitters: Any spirit will work as these are the classic style of bitters.

Mystic Caravan smokey pear bitters: Scotch whisky, tequila, pisco.

Spirit Fire cherry cedar bitters: Rum, rye, gin.

The Darkness cacao coffee bitters: Bourbon, brandy, tequila.

Tlalocan Latin lime bitters: Gin, tequila, rum.

 

*Sugar:

To make simple syrup, combine 1 part white sugar to 1 part water. If the water is hot, the sugar will dissolve faster.

Try using 2 parts brown sugar to 1 part water for a rich syrup, which works great with darker spirits.

Try using agave nectar or honey with lighter spirits such as tequila or gin.

 

 

Gin and Tonic

 

2 oz (60 ml) of gin (your choice of brands, a London dry style is recommended)

4 - 6 oz (120 - 180 ml) of tonic water (preferably high quality such as Fentiman's or Fever Tree)

2 dashes of Apothecary Bitters Tlalocan Latin lime bitters

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Add the gin and bitters to a glass filled with ice. Top off with the tonic water, giving a gentle stir to combine.

Garnish with a wedge of lime.

 

 

Manhattan

 

2 oz (60 ml) of whiskey (bourbon or rye)

1 oz (30 ml) of sweet vermouth

2 dashes of Apothecary Bitters General Ambrose's aromatic bitters

or

2 dashes of Apothecary Bitters Spirit Fire cherry cedar bitters

or

2 dashes of Apothecary Bitters The Darkness cacao coffee bitters

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Add all ingredients to a mixing vessel and fill with ice. Stir for 20-30 seconds.

Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a preserved cherry or two.

 

 

The Sour

 

2 oz (60 ml) of spirit

0.75 oz (45ml) of simple syrup (see above)

0.75 oz (45ml) of fresh lemon or lime juice

2 dashes of The Apothecary Bitters Company's bitters

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Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake for 10 - 15 seconds.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a citrus twist, expressing the oils over top of the drink.

 

Look at the Old Fashioned for suggested combinations of spirits and bitters.

 

 

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