The use of bitters dates back to hundreds of years ago, where it was first used by monks for medicinal purposes. The popularity of bitters soon grew in Europe in the 1600s where they were used as appetite stimulators before a meal. It was only later in 1824 that Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert created the world famous recipe of aromatic bitters for Angostura.
By Taryn Wilson
Bitters receives its flavour from herbs, roots, flowers, seeds, fruit and leaves, which are then dissolved in a clear flavourless alcohol. This is what gives it its great medicinal properties. Angostura aromatic bitters has select ingredients that are imported from across the globe to make the finest range. The recipe is kept secret, and is known by only five people.
The production of bitters is a lengthy process. After blending and sieving the ingredients, extracting the flavour, and being placed into a sugar, caramel-colouring and spring water mixture, it sits for three months for the flavours to completely blend, before being packaged and sold.
While favoured in cocktails, bitters also works to add depth to meals by emphasizing certain tastes. Not at all bitter, they only increase the appeal and flavour of drinks and foods.
Aside from having a lovely taste, bitters also has many health benefits. It works well to assist digestive health and act as a palate cleanser. It soothes bloating and nausea, and helps to prevent sugar cravings. Honestly, what’s not to love?
With such a long history, Angosture has continued to provide quality products renowned for their popularity and flavour. They offer a range of bitters available for purchase, as well as interesting information on the history of bitters and fun recipes to try at home.
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You can also download the House of Angostura Cocktail app for 80 incredible recipes. Available on Android and iOS.