Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's Angostura Friday ! Drinks with one of the best mixers in the world!

Angostura Bitters is made from a secret blend of herbs and spices. It is a concentrated flavoring. It is one of my favorite all time additions to any drink. I even add it to lemonade for an extra kick, there is something about Angostura....  and it has so many uses It can be added to plain water to help with settling a stomach. I love it!
The theory is that Angostura is not bitter when added toa drink, but it brings out the flavor of the other ingredients in a drink. It was invented in the 19th century by an army doctor in Venezula, who used it to improve the appetite of his soldiers. It is now made in Trinidad West Indies. It has an ABV of 44 percent but rarely needs more than a couple of splashes to mixed drinks. Angostura has a big distinctive label that is too big for the bottle. It was apparently an error that was never resolved and so today it is a part of the lore and legend of this great mixer. There are a few more flavors such as Orange Bitters, but the original is the best. And always the Angostura brand, nothing else!

Angostura Aromatic Bitters, 16oz

Pink Gin

 1 oz Gin
splash of Angostura bitters


cracked ice
3 ozs white tequila
1/2 oz dry vermouth
dash of Angostura bitters
twist of lemon
Pour the white tequila and dry vermouth over the ice in a mixing glass. Add the dash of Angostura bitters and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass and dress with the lemon.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters, 16oz

Brandy Cocktail

Dash of Angostura Bitters
2 ozs of Brandy
1/2 teaspoon sugar syrup
lemon peel
Shake the dash of Angostura bitters, brandy and sugar syrup vigorously over ice cubes until well frosted. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and decorate with a twist of lemon peel.

Gin Sling Cocktail

Large chunk of ice
juice of 3/4 lemon
1/2 tablespoon powdered sugar(confectioner's sugar)
1 oz gin
still water
slice of lemon
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Put the large chunk of ice, lemon juice, powered sugar and gin into a lowball glass. Fill with water. Float the slice of lemon on top and add a dash of Angostura bitters

Angostura Aromatic Bitters, 16oz


2 oz Ballantine's Scotch Whisky
1 oz sweet vermouth
dash of creme de cassis
dash of Angostura bitters
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker and shake. Strain into a martini glass and serve.


2 oz Scotch whisky
11/2 oz sweet vermouth
11/2 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
lemon twist as garnish
Stir the Scotch and vermouths together, then strain into a martini glass and serve with the lemon twist.

Colonel Collins

2 oz bourbon
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp superfine suage
dash of Angostura bitters
soda water to fill
Place the first three ingredients in a tall glass half filled with ice and stir to the mix. Top up with soda, stirring gently. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Stir again and serve.

Prince of Wales

3/4 oz brandy
1/4 oz Benedictine(liqueur)
dash of Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
orange slice as garnish
maraschino cherry as garnish
Place the sugar cube in a highball glass and soak it with the Angostura. Add ice and brandy, then stir. Add the champagne, then the Benedictine, and serve with the slice of orange and manaschino cherry garnish.

Horse's Neck

Dash of Angostura Bitters
ice cubes
2 oz Brandy
5 oz ginger ale
1 lemon
Add a good dash of Angostura bitters to a tall glass and swirl to lightly coat the inside. Half -fill the glass with ice, add the brandy, and top off with the ginger ale. Cut around a lemon with a potato peeler or sharp knife to remove the zest in a long thin spiral. Hang the zest over the side of the glass, it will stretch to the base of the glass!


2 oz whisky
1 oz sweet red Vermouth
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
Maraschino cherry to decorate
Pour the whiskey, vermouth and Angostura bitters in a mixing glass;add 4 to 5 ice cubes; and stir well. Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry.

Non- alcoholic

Citrus Fizz

2 ozs fresh orange juice chilled
superfine sugar
a sqeeze of lime juice
a few drops of Angostura bitters
2 to 3 ozs of sparkling, chilled.
Dip the rim of the flute into the orange juice and then into a superfine sugar. Stir together the rest of the orange juice, lime juice, and the Angostura bitters and then pour the liquid into the glass. Fill the water to taste.

Remember to always drink responsibly!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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