Darcy O'Neil :: August 6, 2007 11:15 AM

As the cocktail renaissance marches forward there is an associated increased interest in Bitters and the recipes on how to make them. Many of the top bartenders / mixologists are making their own, or are trying to recreate classics such as Boker’s and Abbott’s Bitters, with varying degree’s of success. I have had a bitters project on the back burner for a while and have yet to create anything worthy of publication, but eventually something will be produced and reported on. Until then, I’ve compiled a list of recipes for 13 types of bitters. The recipes are as old as 1861 and as new as 2007 and have been picked from many of the cocktail enthusiast websites. Use as a reference or explore it out of curiosity.

Bitter Recipes

Abbott's Bitters
Bakers Agnostura Sub
Bokers Bitters (1863)
Boudreau's Bitters #2
Grapefruit Bitters
H & H's Aromatic Bitters
Hellfire Bitters
Hess House Bitters
Jamaican Bitters
JPD Grapefruit Bitters
Regan's Orange Bitters No. 5
Stoughton's Bitters (1861)
Taggart's Bitters No. 3

If you would like to add a bitters recipe to this list please feel free to email it to me ( and I’ll add it to the database. Also, if you have any additional information on the recipes (like history, alternate recipes, etc.) listed here and want to share it I’ll happily add it to the database.

Also, I’ve added Pisco Control Reservado and Appleton White Rum to the Spirit Inventory.

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