Monday, March 22, 2010

A Bitter World

by Rob Bralow, Wine Post Editor

In today's world, there are a lot of bitter truths.Therefore it becomes strange when something so bitter makes the world better. I am talking about The Bitter Truth's bitters, a group of ingredients that transform the sickly sweet cocktail into a balanced and refreshing beverage. Bitters are a highly alcoholic herbal flavored liquor, used as a digestif or cocktail ingredient.

Celery Bitters: It does not sound the most appetizing, in fact I am not particularly enthusiastic about celery in general, however I found this to add a nice herbal note to a drink.

Lemon Bitters: Like putting lemon fresh on a dinning room table, this bitter not only gives the necessary balance to a sweet drink, but also adds a bit of freshness.

Orange Bitters: There is something about slipping a slice of orange peel into a drink. You see it in a lot of upscale lounges and bars, so there is definitely some cache. But there is no denying that orange freshness can be the perfect complement to a drink.

Bittermens Grapefruit Bitters: To get this taste right, The Bitter Truth partnered with Bittermens Inc. to create this bitter. This was more of a mineral taste, something to go well with gin.

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters: So the note above RE: Bittermens. There must be some kind of higher power to understand that I need chocolate in every form. This bitter pulls in the cocoa notes perfectly, complementing a dark rum drink.

Thanks to The Bitter Truth for the samples and for the use of the image of their product.

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