The third member of the trinity of bitters alongside Angostura and Peychaud. This astringent orange flavor suspended in alcohol or glycerin works best when used both to spike the citrus notes in a cocktail and to balance the sweetness level. There are many different brands of orange bitters whose flavors range from straightforward to spicy, natural orange to children’s aspirin orange. As with so many ingredients it is not how it tastes on its own but how it tastes when acting as part of a cocktail. Pick some bartenders’ brains and taste around. An investment in a bottle of bitters is never a waste. When that perfect yin to the bitter’s yang comes along, you’ll be ready.