When you first started making cocktails at home you were probably using something close to The Bitter Housewife Aromatic Bitters like Angostura or Peychaud's, or perhaps even our aromatic bitters. If you’ve moved on to explore orange bitters — as any good cocktail aficionado does — you may also be wondering about all the ways you can use orange bitters.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
• The original 1930s classic Gin Martini calls for orange bitters
• Add orange bitters to grapefruit soda (2-3 dashes)
• Gin Old Fashioned (Recipe)
• Gin and Tonic with bitters (add 2-3 dashes)
• Enhance the flavor of pumpkin pie with orange bitters (around 2 tsp)
• Negroni Sbagliato (see below)
Orange is a classic bitters flavor that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I know you’re not supposed to have favorites among your children, but I have to admit I find myself reaching for Orange Bitters more than any other flavor. It’s bright, full of flavor, and familiar in a way that inspires you to play with it.
I wanted to create something that was different than the other orange bitters available, so we pack these full of fresh navel orange peel, about one orange per bottle, keep the baking spices subtle and on the earthy side, and add earl grey tea for an unexpected floral note.
Goes as well with whiskey as it does gin and everything in between. Make your Margarita richer, your Old Fashioned more playful, or your Martini a standout.