The Angostura Bitters is basically a lime concentrate. In addition, it also contains water, 47.7% ethanol, herbs and spices. Because of this, it’s one of the most famous and important ingredients in some bitter drinks, such as the Pisco Sour, or the Gunner. And don’t forget the Lemon Lime and Bitters!
Angostura bitters clams it is gluten free as it’s base is Gentian and has other herbs and spices. Plus it is 100% Vegan.
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It was created in Venezuela in 1822. This great product was created as a tonic for curing stomach problems, due to its bitterness. Because of this, it was also great to treat several stomach issues caused by Cholera. Hiccups? Yes, that too.
This tonic was created by Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, who served as a surgeon in Simon Bolivar’s Army. He studied some herbs, such as Gentian, that he combined with more than 25 botanic products that were available in Angostura.
Angostura Bitters won a medal at the Weltausstellung 1873 Wien (try saying it fast three times in a row). Because of this, the medal remains in the label, and shows the Emperor Franz Joseph 1 of Austria.
In 1875, the family moved to Trinidad in Tobago, where they established the family company again.
The Angostura Bitter has traveled a long way around the world just to be a part of a huge list of cocktails. And everyone loves them!
The most common ones are the Gunner, Lemon, Lime and bitters, Long Vodka, the Pisco Sour, the Fallen Angel and the Brandy Sour.
Some add it to soups and sauces in Venezuela, so it’s a great condiment too.
There are several types of this bitter, and this mostly depends of the spices and herbs used on its preparation. Some are spicier, made out of lemon, or even oranges. This opens up a whole new world of flavors you can add to your cocktails.
What are you favourite cocktails that use Angostura Bitters.
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