Angostura Bitters

Angostura aromatic bitters is a blend of rare tropical herbs and spices that is used to flavour and season a great variety of food dishes and certain alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The formula was first compounded in 1824 by Dr. Johann Siegert, Surgeon-General in the army of the great liberator of South America, Simón Bolivar. Dr. Seigert's headquarters were in the port of Angostura, Venezuela, a city now known as Ciudad Bolivar. The doctor experimented for four years before finding the exact formula he was after to improve the appetites and well-being of his troops. Sailors putting into the port discovered the bitters and bought bottles to carry away with them. Soon the fame of "Angostura" bitters spread around the world.

Angostura is now the single most widely distributed bar item in the world.

ANGOSTURA'S SECRET

A common misconception is that Angostura aromatic bitters contains the bark of the Angostura tree. This is not so. In fact, only five living men know the actual formula. Beyond saying that it contains herbs and spices, the Siegert family has kept the formula for Angostura bitters one of the most guarded secrets in history. About twenty years ago, the ink started to fade on the slip of paper carrying the formula that was deposited in a vault in Barclay's Bank in New York City. From its hiding place on the island of Trinidad, where Angostura is now made, the only other copy of the formula was extracted.

Behind locked doors, the information was carefully transferred to another sheet of paper, the new copy was cut into four parts and sealed with sealing wax into four separate envelopes.

Individually - and separately - the four parts were sent by registered mail to New York. Each succeeding quarter was dispatched only after the arrival of the preceding one had been confirmed. Unopened, the four sealed envelopes remain in the vault.

The following recipes on this site use Angostura Bitters:

Mother-In-Law
bourbon whiskey, Cointreau, maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, Peychaud's bitters, Angostura Bitters, Amer Picon,
Stork Club
gin, Cointreau, orange juice, lime juice, Angostura Bitters,
Stargazer
rye whiskey, Lillet blanc, Angostura Bitters,
Income Tax
gin, orange juice, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters,
Festa
cachaça, lime juice, raspberry syrup, ginger liquer, Angostura Bitters, soda water,
Ante
calvados, Dubonnet, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters,
Monte Carlo
rye whiskey, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters,
Fancy-Free
bourbon whiskey, maraschino liqueur, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Seelbach
bourbon whiskey, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud's bitters, champagne,
Tip Top
dry vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters,
Diabolo
brandy, dry vermouth, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Saratoga
brandy, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters,
Straits Sling
gin, dry cherry brandy, Benedictine, lemon juice, orange bitters, Angostura Bitters, soda water,
Captain's Blood
rum, lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
Jolly Roger
rum, rum, orange juice, falernum, Angostura Bitters,
Lion's Tail
bourbon whiskey, pimento dram, lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
Suburban
rye whiskey, rum, port, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Spencer
gin, apricot brandy, orange juice, Angostura Bitters,
Sherman
sweet vermouth, rye whiskey, absinthe, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Young Man
brandy, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, Angostura Bitters,
Washington
brandy, dry vermouth, Angostura Bitters, simple syrup,
Bamboo
dry vermouth, dry sherry, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Journalist
gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, triple sec, lemon juice, Angostura Bitters,
Cabaret
gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters,
Black Feather
brandy, dry vermouth, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters,
Champagne Cocktail
champagne, sugar, Angostura Bitters,
Champs Elysées
brandy, Chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
East India House
brandy, pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, orange curaçao, Angostura Bitters,
Fancy Whiskey Cocktail
rye whiskey, Angostura Bitters, simple syrup,
Intro to Aperol
Aperol, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
Japanese
brandy, orgeat, Angostura Bitters,
Manhattan
rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters,
Old Cuban
lime juice, simple syrup, rum, Angostura Bitters, mint, champagne,
Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail
rye whiskey, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters,
Pisco Sour
pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, Angostura Bitters,
Rosita
tequila, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, Campari, Angostura Bitters,
Singapore Sling
gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, Angostura Bitters,
Suffering Bastard
gin, bourbon whiskey, lime juice, ginger ale, Angostura Bitters,
Vieux Carre
rye whiskey, brandy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud's bitters, Angostura Bitters,
Voyager
rum, Benedictine, falernum, lime juice, Angostura Bitters,
Widow's Kiss
calvados, Chartreuse, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters,
Zombie
lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, brown sugar, passion fruit syrup, rum, rum, rum, Angostura Bitters,
Añejo Highball
rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, Angostura Bitters, ginger beer,
Pegu Club
gin, orange curaçao, lime juice, Angostura Bitters, orange bitters,
Queen’s Park Swizzle
rum, simple syrup, lime juice, Angostura Bitters, mint,
Derby
bourbon whiskey, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters,
Pink Gin
gin, Angostura Bitters,