How to use Bitters in Cocktails - The Bitter Truth

It’s 10 years since Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck, two former bartenders, developed and launched The Bitter Truth Range of Bitters and Liqueurs. Since then, it has become the most awarded bitters range and has gone from strength to strength, developing bitters using a traditional manufacturing process based on authentic recipes using all natural ingredients.

 

The Bitter Truth – Aromatic Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 39 % Vol)

The Old Time Aromatic Bitters will add a good kick to your punch. The nose is full of clove and heady with gingerbread combined with the subtler tutti-frutti notes. Unsurpassed in complexity of favour, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, anise and clove come through strong. As authentic as a brown leather chestereld, you can whack this little pugilist in with any wood aged spirit.

 

Old Fashioned

50ml Bourbon

1 Sugar Cubed

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Orange Zest

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Orange Zest

 

 

 

The Bitter Truth – Orange Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 39 % Vol)

On the nose its stars with a traditional marmalade scent. This is followed by a ton of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg (or baking spices as I call them). The rst taste, cardamom and caraway are pungent and the nishing number is fresh orange peel oil. This ingredient works super well in most traditional cocktail especially martini, but duets well with rums, whiskies and tequilas.

 

Martinez

35ml Gin

35ml Sweet Vermouth

5ml Luxardo Maraschino

1 Dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

1 Dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

 

Glass: Martini

Method: ThrownI

ce: None

Garnish: Orange Slice

 

The Bitter Truth – Celery Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 44 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Original Celery Bitters have an amazing bouquet of favours such as white grape, Sencha tea, lemon grass, celery leaf and fresh root ginger. It juggles artistically on the tongue as well, adding coriander seed, fresh celery and chicory to the foray. Add to a Red Snapper for the thinking person’s Bloody Mary.  It’s obligatory with grassy spirits too, try a good measure in a Ti-Punch or just a tickle in a gin and tonic for something to make the neighbours envious.

 

Tequila Old Fashioned

50ml Casco Viejo Blanco

10ml Agave Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Grapefruit Zest

 

The Bitter Truth - Creole Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 39 % Vol)

Creole equals avourful, and these bitters are as unique as the culture it encapsulates. With fruit scents of dried apricots, cherries and cranberries mingling with the strong avours of anise, smoked paprika and hints of smoking pine wood. This bitters smells like a kitchen in the French Quarter. On the rst taste comes cayenne and pink pepper corns supported by anise, big red cinnamon, dusky caraway and fennel seed.  Add this to a French 75, or for that matter, any drink that could do with perking up, strap on your accordion and get your feet moving!

 

Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium

37.5ml Redfruit FireFly Moonshine

12.5ml Amarula

12.5ml Lime Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

20ml Mr Fitzpatrick's Blood Tonic Cordial 

 

Glass: Short

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Speared Strawberry

 

The Bitter Truth – Lemon Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 39 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Lemon Bitters has a decadent aroma of hot lemon tea with honey. Fresh, fruity and dense with spice, this little blonde has sherbet avours mingling with coriander seed and a light touch of toasted cardamom. The pithy lemon brings out the charm in light or sharp mixed drinks and slips deliciously into gin or white rum numbers. Try with anything from a cobbler to a kamikaze.

 

Violet Russian Punch

30ml Raspberry Vodka

20ml The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

15ml Sugar Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

10ml Cirtronade

Top Prosecco

 

Glass: Sling

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Crushed

Garnish: Lemon Zest & Raspberries

 

The Bitter Truth – Grapefruit Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 44 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Grapefruit Bitters do not fail on representing this oversized but underused citrus. With an instantaneous boost of the zingy breakfast fruit on rst sniff, you get both the bitter oils but also the classic sharp tang on the tongue too. Alongside that there are complex vegetal tones and a dry hop nish. These bitters are best friends to Gin, Vodka, Tequila and Light Rum and are a wonderful ingredient for citrus-heavy drinks that may otherwise taste excessively sweet.

 

Tequila Old Fashion

50ml Casco Viejo Blanco

10ml Agave Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Grapefruit Zest

 

The Bitter Truth – Chocolate Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 44 % Vol)

Tall, dark and although not necessarily handsome, most denitely rich:  with cocoa butter and dark chocolate to entice the nose, hints of vanilla, cinnamon and bitter tones of gentian and wormwood elicit the palate. The Bitter Truth - Chocolate Bitters play exceptionally well with sweet Vermouths and all kinds of aged spirits like Whisky, Rum, Tequila and Brandy.

 

Chocolate Martinez

35ml Gin

35ml Byrrh

10ml Maraschino

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

 

Glass: Martini

Method: Stir/Thrown

Ice: None

Garnish: Speared Maraschino Cherries

 

The Bitter Truth – Jerry Thomas Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 30 % Vol)

The professor would be proud. Although, not sure he would know what smells like cider candies. He would recognize, crystallized ginger and oils of fresh tangerine and almonds slipping through. We’re sure he’d approved of the dried fruit notes with a nish of orange peel and a light sprinkling of Angostura bark. This homage is as characterful as its name sake, so join in, get experimental and doff your hat to the man who brought us the rst ever published cocktail book.

 

Pisco Hoy

50ml Pisco

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters

1 Egg White

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Dry Shake

Ice: None

Garnish: Bitters Swirl

 

The Bitter Truth – Peach Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 39 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Peach Bitters add the exquisite fruity aromas of fresh peaches and almonds to any cocktail or long drink. The Peach Bitters are fruity with a faint almond bitterness. The distinctive aroma of fresh peaches unites with notes of almonds extracted from the pits. Completed by fresh citrus and unobtrusive spice avours these bitters are ideal for all kinds of highballs and cocktails no matter which spirit the drink is based on.

 

Life’s a Peach

5 Raspberries

1 Sprig Thyme

50ml Gin

15ml Lemon Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Thyme Sprig and Speared Raspberries

 

The Bitter Truth – Tonic Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 43 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Tonic Bitters were made to recreate exotic notes of citrus and spice, providing an authentic Gin and Tonic experience. Grapefruit, Sicilian lemon, lime and Seville oranges are the leading avours backed up with herbal notes from juniper berries and coriander seeds and spices such as maze creating a grassy-fresh bouquet of like that of Japanese green tea. The bitters are also perfect for cocktails and long drinks that are based on clear spirits such as gin, vodka, tequila or light rum. The addition of 2-3 dashes adds depth and complexity to your drink.

 

Scotch Tonic

25ml Gin

25ml Scottish Tonic Wine

25ml Lemon Juice

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

10ml Sugar Syrup

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: None

 

The Bitter Truth – Cucumber Bitters (200 ml, Alc. 44 % Vol)

The Bitter Truth - Original Cucumber Bitters area revolution of favour. Cucumber, White Grape, Grass and Lemon on the pallet. Add to a Gin for a great fresh Negroni.  Works perfectly with grassy, earthy sprits, try adding it with Tequila or in a gin and tonic.

 

Asian Road

30ml Tanqueray Rangpour

20ml Gabriel Boudier Kaffir Lime Leaf Liqueur

1 Egg White

25ml Lime Juice

15ml Agave Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Dried Kaffir Lime Leaf

 

Drops & Dashes Range

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, The Bitter Truth are releasing a number of new products in 2016, the first of which is a range of bitters called Drops and Dashes. 

Drops and Dashes are four unique and limited edition flavours available in glass decanters with cork stopper and additional black dasher in individual full colour The Bitter Truth style boxes, designed to celebrate the Bitter Truth’s 10th Anniversary. 

 

The four are:

 

The Bitter Truth - Blossom

Pale red-amber like in colour, The Bitter Truth’s Blossom showcases a variety of summer blossoms from around the globe ranging from aromatic jasmine, sweet hibiscus, earthy iris and charismatic lavender.  Full of fragile fragrances, the flower basket is harmonic and delicate with new discoveries at every sip.

 

Blossom Daiquiri

50ml White Rum

25ml Kalamansi Puree

25ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Blossom

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Edible Flowers

 

The Bitter Truth - Nut

Dark brown amber in appearance, The Bitter Truth’s Nut is driven by delicate notes of green black walnuts with hints of muscavado sugar, prunes and raisins in combination with high notes of roasted hazelnuts.  Accompanied by aromatics of bitter chocolate and light espresso, the finish delivers gentle notes of cashew nuts and almonds.

 

Byrrh & Nuts

35ml Honey Whisky

20ml Byrrh

5ml Van Wees Tonka Bean Esprit

10ml Honey & Butter Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Nut

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Thrown

Ice: None

Garnish: Roasted Walnut

 

The Bitter Truth - Roots

Bittersweet, brown and intensively aromatic, The Bitter Truth’s Roots shows bold notes of burnt liquorice in combination with smoked & sweet spices and bitter gentian root.  Light floral notes of iris root give support and supply the balancing high notes to round it off.

 

French Roots

20ml Gin

20ml Absenteroux

20ml Suze

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Roots

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Thrown

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Lemon Zest

 

The Bitter Truth - Wood

With its red mahogany amber colour, The Bitter Truth’s Wood delivers bone dry aromas of oak wood, Peruvian bark, light spice and fragrant notes of sandalwood.  The wood notes are distinctive, soft, warm, smooth & creamy whilst the aftertaste is full of sweet smoke with a root beer finish.

 

Age Old Zombie

35ml Goslings Rum

15ml Overproof Rum

15ml Dark Rum

5ml Apricot Syrup

5ml Passionfruit Syrup

25ml Pineapple Juice

25ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Wood

 

Glass: Sling

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Half a Passionfruit on fire

 

Sours

50ml Spirit of Your Choice

25ml Lemon Juice

1 Egg White

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Dry Shake

Ice: None

Garnish: Bitters Swirl

French Roy

30ml Blended Scotch

20ml Byrrh

5ml Suze

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

 

Glass: Martini

Method: Thrown

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Orange Zest

Clockwork Orange

30ml Bourbon

20ml Tuaca

5ml Vanilla Syrup

1 Squeeze Orange Wedge

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Orange Flambé

Breakfast at Tiffanies

2 Muddles Strawberry

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

 

Glass: Martini

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Strawberry Half

Spearmint Fizz

25ml White Rum

25ml Polugar Caraway

25ml Lime Juice

15ml Spearmint Gomme

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

1 Egg WhiteTop 50ml Tonic

 

Glass: Tall

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: XXX Mint

Goodwork Daiquiri

30ml White Rum

20ml Abenteroux

30ml Lime Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

10ml Agave Syrup

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Lime Wheel & Cocktail Umbrella

Sazarac

10ml Grande Absent (Rim glass and discard)

50ml Brandy/Rye1 Sugar Cubed

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

1 Lemon Zest

Glass: Brandy Snifter

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Lemon Zest

Cherry Pie

20ml Vodka

20ml Midori

20ml Cherry Herring

25ml Lemon Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

1 Egg White

 

Glass: Tea Cup

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Bitters Swirl

Honey & Apples

50ml Calvados

50ml Cloudy Apple Juice

10ml Honey Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Apple Chevron

Grape Drank

35ml Gin

15ml Sloe Gin

12.5ml Lime Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

Top Grape Soda

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Lemon Wedge

Raspberry Breeze

4 Raspberries

25ml Gin

25ml RinQuinQuin

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

15ml Sugar Syrup

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Grapefruit Zest

Dijon in the Tropics

40ml Gin

10ml Cassis

50ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Sugar Syrup

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

Chocolate Orange

30ml Bourbon

20ml Tuaca

5ml Vanilla Syrup

50ml Single Cream

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Dark Chocolate Square

Chocolate Egg – Credit The Bureau Bar

(Birmingham)

25ml Anejo Rum

12.5ml Frangelico

12.5ml Caramel Syrup

1 Egg

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Grated Dark Chocolate

Figgie Smalls

25ml Master of Malt Whisky Liqueur

25ml Fig Liqueur

10ml Cinnamon Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Dried Figs

Ginger Cooler

25ml Citrus Vodka

15ml Ginger Liqueur

10ml Tuaca

15ml Lemon Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters

Top Canada Dry Ginger Ale

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Candied Ginger

Peach Tings

25ml Gin

25ml Suze

25ml Ting

3 Drops Citric Acid

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

 

Glass: Coup

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Grapefruit Zest

Sex on the Peach

25ml Gin

25ml RinQuinQuin

50ml White Cranberry Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Top Soda

 

Glass: Tall

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Peach Leaves

Holiday Tonic

50ml Coconut Rum

50ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Gomme

5ml Lime Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Crush Ice Cap

Suzeberry

25ml Suze

25ml Cherry Brandy

5ml Cherry Syrup

25ml Apple Juice

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Crushed

Garnish: Speared Cherry

English Garden

25ml Gin

25ml Elderflower Liqueur

50ml Apple Juice

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

5ml Gomme

 

Glass: Martini

Method: Shake & Fine Strain

Ice: None

Garnish: Cucumber Slice

Obscure Gin & Tonic

50ml London Dry Gin

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

Top Fentiman’s 1905 Tonic Water

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Build

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Cucumber Slice

Sparkling Blossom

35ml Green Tea

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Blossom

Top Prosecco

 

Glass: Flute

Method: Build

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Lemon Zest

Chamomile Daisy

35ml Chamomile infused Tequila

15ml Aperol

50ml Apple Juice

15ml Lemon Juice

10ml Jasmine Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Blossom

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Daisy

Monkey Nuts

25ml Blended Scotch

10ml Banana Liqueur

10ml Caramel Liqueur

15ml Maple Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Nut

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Pistachio Nuts

Banana Split

30ml White Rum

20ml Banana Liqueur

50ml Single Cream

15ml Sugar Syrup

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Nut

 

Glass: Highball

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Banana Slice

Rooting for the Tropics

25ml Hoxton Gin

25ml Bianco Vermouth

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Roots

Top 50ml Ting

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Shake & Strain

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Ginger Slice

Earth to Aether

25ml Whisky

25ml Italian Sweet Vermouth

2 Dash The Bitters Truth Chocolate Bitters

2 Dash The Bitters Truth Roots

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: None

Negroni

25ml London Dry Gin

25ml Campari

25ml Antica Formula

3 Dash The Bitter Truth Wood

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Orange Zest

Peachy Blinder

25ml Gin

25ml RinQuinQuin

25ml Lillet

1 Sprig Thyme

2 Dash The Bitter Truth Wood

 

Glass: Rocks

Method: Stir

Ice: Cubed

Garnish: Thyme Spring

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