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Angostura Bitters

This is a copycat recipe of the world’s most famous bitters recipe. This recipe was often used by pharmacies in the 1800s when they couldn’t procure the real thing.

Angostura Bitters Recipe:

Calisaya Bark
2 oz
Tonka
1½ oz
Red Saunders
1½ oz
Bitter Orange Peel
½ oz
Cardamom
½ oz
Ceylon Cinnamon
½ oz
Galangal
¼ oz
Gentian
¼ oz
Zedoary
¼ oz
Angelica Root
30 grains
Cloves
30 grains
Ginger
30 grains
Alcohol
80 oz
Caramel
4 oz
Malaga Wine
12 oz

Instructions

Mix the solids, reduce to a coarse powder and extract with the alcohol and glycerin by means of percolation.

Notes:

This recipe was taken from the Standard Manual of Soda and was created as a reasonable facsimile for the original Angostura bitters.

Darcy O'Neil | Art of Drink

Writer, author of Fix the Pumps, chemist, beekeper and general do-er-of-things, Darcy can generally be found looking for new and interesting things to do, usually over a cocktail. Currently working on more soda fountain history.