5 Ways to Use Bitters Beyond Your Cocktails — Tips from The Kitchn

Even if you don't shake or stir up many cocktails at home, you may have a bottle of aromatic bitters tucked away in the back of your liquor cabinet for that occasional Old Fashioned or Manhattan you or a dinner party guest craves. While bitters are most at home in cocktails, their complex flavor makes them ideal contenders for not only other drinks, but also foods.

Here are five smart ways to take bitters beyond the bar cart.


The Drive-Thru Daiquiri: A Weird Yet Wonderful New Orleans Tradition — Travel Bites

Visiting New Orleans as a Midwesterner, everything is new: the swampy heat, the "For Sale" signs that also specify "Haunted" or "Not Haunted," the casual spookiness that is embedded in everything from the omnipresent graveyards to the ready-made voodoo dolls.

Oh, and the drinking laws.


Recipe: Taylor Bird Sazerac — Recipes from the Road

The Sazerac is a beautiful drink in its simplicity. It is unique and exact. It requires technique and style. And each ingredient tells the history of New Orleans — the French absinthe, the American rye, the Louisiana sugar, the Caribbean bitters. (Even the Italian influence can be seen in the lemon peel.) It's no wonder the Sazerac is the city's official cocktail.


Recipe: Pimm’s Cup — Recipes from the Road

If you've ever been to New Orleans in the summer, you know that when the air is thick as molasses and you can't move without starting to sweat something fierce, there's only one thing to do: Find a bar to prop up at and order something tall and cold.

If you are lucky, you will find yourself in the vicinity of the Napoleon House, a French Quarter institution that is known for its traditional Pimm's Cup. Now, if Pimm's Cup makes you think of Wimbledon and jubilees (and possibly Mary Berry), you are not wrong. But Napoleon House has become the home away from home for this classic and deliciously simple British cocktail.


Recipe: Arnaud’s French 75 — Recipes from The Kitchn

A French 75 is a wonderful thing. Fizzy, refreshing, and just boozy enough, it's a cocktail we can get behind. And we're in good company: Papa Hemingway was a fan, and so was Dickens (or so we hear).

But what if we told you there was a way to make this delightful sipper even better? Most French 75 recipes call for gin (London Dry gin to be specific), but Chris Hannah, the bartender at Arnaud's French 75, uses cognac instead — and we can report that it's absolutely delicious.


How To Make a Classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

In the world of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is the person who walks into a room and doesn't need an introduction. They've been in the game for so long that everyone knows them. Everyone admires and respects them. As cocktail recipes pop up and disappear by the season, the Old Fashioned remains. It represents everything a well-crafted cocktail should be: balanced. It's simply the best, and you can have the best right in the comfort of your own home.

Making the best Old Fashioned at home is really easy. Simplicity is the name of the game here. Bourbon whiskey, a little sugar, and a dash of bitters, stirred up with quality ice and garnished with an orange peel — that's all there is to it! Let's break it down a little bit, starting with the ingredients.


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