I make no attempt to hide my true love for Angostura bitters. A wonderful, proprietary blend of roots and herbal extracts, bitters are the perfect modifier to so many cocktails. They were originally used to mask the taste of quinine in tonic water. Supposedly, they’re also thought to cure a number of ailments, including the hiccups or an upset stomach. Personally though, I just love the taste, the look, and even the smell (they’re a terrific aromatic when used in cocktails such as the Pisco Sour, for example.)
The Fitzgerald, designed by Dale DeGroff, is one of the most straightforward demonstrations of Angostura bitters. This cocktail is essentially just a gin sour with bitters added. While it may sound simple, and while a gin sour on its own is great, something wonderful happens with that last little touch.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
1oz simple syrup
3/4oz lemon juice
2 dashes (a few good shakes) of Angostura bitters
It’s as simple as that. If you’ve never tried Angostura bitters before, this is where you should start. Also be sure to check out our other cocktails featuring Angostura bitters.
Let me know what you think.