In the News: Angostura Bitters Substitute

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<p>Last Thursday, <a href=”http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/” target=”_blank”>Rachel Maddow</a> celebrated the return of <a href=”http://www.angosturabitters.com/” target=”_blank”>Angostura bitters</a> with a segment on her show about this in-demand elixir.</p>
<p>”The word cocktail at its core means booze, sugar, water and bitters,” Maddow says. “That’s what a cocktail was. And this cocktail could become a million other things, but really, bitters is core.”</p>
<p>Watch the video segment below.</p>
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<p>As you may recall, there has been a <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/food-matters/in-the-news-angostura-bitters-shortage.aspx”>shortage of Angostura bitters</a> since September. This shortage wasn’t casued by a shortage of the liquid but by a bottle shortage. According to the <a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/cocktail_bitter_end_1Bos4rPzNeTTJKJjOWloAM” target=”_blank”>
<em>New York Post</em>
</a>, the trouble stemmed from a dispute with the company that supplies the Angostura bitters bottles. <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/food-matters/in-the-news-angostura-bitters-shortage.aspx”>Read more here</a>.</p>
<p>The recipe for Angostura bitters is very secret, says Genevieve Jodhan and Giselle Laronde-West, Executive Manager of Export Sales and Business Development, and Communications Manager from <a href=”http://www.angosturabitters.com/default2.htm” target=”_blank”>Angostura</a>. Only five people know this secret, which has been around for more than 200 years. All Jodhan and Laronde-West could say on Maddow’s show was that Angostura bitters is made of herbs and spices.</p>
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<strong>Urban Moonshine</strong>
<p>Although many discerning drinkers believe that nothing can ever replace Angostura bitters, remember that it isn’t the only game in town. <a href=”http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/”>Urban Moonshine</a> offers a variety of <em>Herb Companion</em> approved bitters, which include their <a href=”http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/index.php/bitters/original.html”>classic mix</a>, a <a href=”http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/index.php/bitters/citrus.html” target=”_blank”>citrus blend</a> and a <a href=”http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/index.php/bitters/maple.html” target=”_blank”>maple blend</a>. They also have great bottles.</p>
<p>In addition to Maddow’s Champagne cocktail (an Angostura bitters soaked sugar cube topped with champagne and served in a flute) and old school Manhattan (a stirred combination of three shots rye whiskey, one shot sweet vermouth and five dashes Angostura bitters), you can try any of the <em>Herb Companion</em> recipes found in our 2004 article <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/bitters-beverages-with-moxie.aspx”>
<em>Bitters: Beverages with Moxie</em>

Published on Apr 16, 2010

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