Jet setters rejoice! The Bitter Truth have put together an excellent little selection of bitters that can be taken on your hand luggage, so you needn’t fear a lack of quality drinking opportunities at 30,000 feet.
The set includes five of the German company’s best offerings: Celery Bitters, Orange Bitters, Creole Bitters, Old Time Aromatic Bitters and Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters all making an appearance.
The Celery Bitters are an interesting, savoury and herbaceous cocktail ingredient, with notes of lemon grass, coriander and celery. Work brilliantly in Bloody Marys.
The Creole Bitters are the Bitter Truth’s take on Peychaud’s classic, a spicy, fruity bitters with flavours of cherry, pimento, cinnamon, caraway, orange, peppercorn and anise. A taste of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Brilliant in a Sazerac.
Old Time Aromatic Bitters are a classic style of cocktail bitters, brimming with spicy notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, anise, clove and dried fruits. A great alternative to Angostura, these make a delicious Old Fashioned.
Bitter Truth’s Orange Bitters are made with a maceration of bitter orange peel and herbs and spices. The Bitters have a powerful clove and cinnamon note, accompanied by intense flavours of juicy orange and somewhat bittersweet dried orange peel. Top notch in both whisky cocktails, and in Martinis.
Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters are named after a pioneer of the cocktail world, Jerry Thomas, who was nicknamed “the professor” in his own time (1830-1885). The recipe is based upon one found in his original cocktail manual How to Mix Drinks, and includes cinnamon, orange, cloves and all spice. The Bitter Truth have modernized things a touch with some tangerine, almond and ginger. The result is a complex, very bitter and spicy cocktail bitters which will deepen any drink.
A superb set, that is not just good for those travelling, but will also improve the bitters stock of any bar – amateur or professional!