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Cocktail Bitters

Cocktail Bitters are a strongly flavoured botanical preparation characterized by a bitter, sour, or sometimes bittersweet flavor. Originally bitters were produced and sold as for a medicinal use, however, they now are sold as digestifs, and as cocktail flavorings. Recently cocktail bitters have become more popular than ever with many new brands appearing in markets across North America. This page includes my links to what I call my Bitter(s) Reviews where I discuss various brands of Bitters and their uses in mixology.

Note: I began to publish my Bitters Reviews on January 25. The plan is to review one every two weeks or so until I have this list completed. Those brand which have been reviewed will appear in bold type and at that point the link for that review will be enabled.

Bitter(s) Reviews

Angostura Aromatic Bitters       (96)
Angostura Orange Bitters          (83)
Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters    (87)
Bittercube Door Country Hop Bitters
Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters   (84)
Bittermens’ Boston Bittahs    (81)
Bittermens’ Celery Shrub Bitters
Coster’s Blackstrap Ginger Bitters
Coster’s Burnt Citrus Bitters   (89)
Coster’s Coffee and a Smoke Bitters
Dillon’s Black Currant Bitters   (85)
Dillon’s Lemon Bitters
Dillon’s Pear Bitters
Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters   (90)
Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
Fee Brothers Mint Bitters  (60/100)
Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters
Kinsip House Bitters
Kinsip Maple Walnut Bitters
Old Forester Hummingbird Bitters
Old Forester Smoked Cinnamon Bitters  (88)
Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters
Scrappy’s Lime Bitters


As always you may (loosely) interpret the scores I provide as follows:

0-50 A concoction which if it doesn’t kill you will make you very ill indeed!
50-59 Not deadly, but not really useful either.
60-69 Lukewarm approval
70-79 Nice enhancement but limited in its usefulness
80-89 Excellent/bold flavour enhancement for a variety of cocktails
90-94 A Must-have addition to your home bar
95+ Turns your cocktail into the Elixir of the Gods!

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