If bitters are the spice cabinet of cocktail ingredients, then Angostura is like salt -- versatile, ubiquitous, the one flavor you can’t do without. Originally developed as a tonic (i.e., medicine), it made its way into cocktails due to its high concentration of flavor.Though created by a German, he used the local products of Trinidad where he was stationed -- so this bitter marked by the hard winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) was paradoxically born in the Caribbean. Angostura bitters is made in Trinidad to this day. It is one of the original ingredients in one of the first American cocktails (the Old Fashioned), but its appeal ranges across all recipe styles and eras. Have a bottle on hand. It will come in handy roughly 90% of the time you are reaching for bitters.
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