Ingredient Spotlight: Angostura Bitters

Ingredient Spotlight: Angostura Bitters

What is Angostura Bitters? Angostura Bitters is an infused aromatic mixture, used as a flavoring agent in bars all around the world. It is essential in many cocktails and is a mixologist's secret weapon. Many people don't know that the world'd entire supply of Angostura Bitters is made on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Bitters in Trinidad is not just an essential bartender's ingredient, it's an essential cultural element that reflects the spice, diversity and beauty of the nation. If you're a Trini, you know there is one staple ingredient in your pantry that is your little touch of magic and that is bitters. Essentially Angostura Bitters is the spirit of Trinidad in small bottle form. It's versatile and works in both food and beverages, sweet and savory. In the Caribbean it's often used as an essential finishing touch for a myriad of recipes. We've added Angostura Bitters to our Chai Bitters Tea and you can also find it in foods such as porridge, soup, ice cream, gravy, seafood and even mac and cheese! 

Fun facts:

  • Angostura Bitters is made up of over 40 ingredients and only five people in the world know the exact recipe. The five don't travel together or do anything together outside of the manufacturing plant. But don't worry, just in case something crazy happened to all five people, the recipe is securely in holding at a bank. 
  • Angostura Bitters was first made in 1824 and the recipe has never been changed since! Talk about beginner's luck.
  • A common Trini and Caribbean remedy for an upset stomach is to pour a few dashes of Angostura bitters in a glass of warm water and drink it. It works every time.  

Are you a fan of Angostura Bitters? Share your favorite use with us in the comments!

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