Angostura bitters

Angostura bitters is a thick bitter (herbal alcoholic preparation) based on herbs, gentian, and spices, by the House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago. The recipe traces to the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela), hence the name, but does not include angostura bark. The bottle is recognizable by its unique oversized label.

A bottle of cocktail bitters is typically 35–45% alcohol. Since most bitters are used by dashes or in drops, the amount of alcohol is minuscular, making the ABV hard to trace. The flavor is bitter and spicy, with traces of clove and cinnamon. The exact recipe of the Angostura bitters is a secret, with only the top-notch ingredients being known.

Angostura bitters is also great with

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Tipperary

The Tipperary is a cocktail made with Irish whiskey, sweet red Vermouth, green Chartreuse, and Angostura bitters. Though perhaps less mainstream than some of its fellow classic cocktails, the Tipperary has been around for quite some time. It first appeared in the 1916 printing of "Recipes for Mixed Drinks" by Hugo R. Ensslin.

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Manhattan

A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. While rye is the traditional whiskey of choice, other commonly used whiskies include Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey. Popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the mid-1870s, where it was invented by Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome.

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Champagne Cocktail

A champagne cocktail is an alcoholic cocktail made with sugar, Angostura bitters, Champagne, brandy and a maraschino cherry as a garnish. A recipe for the cocktail appears as early as "Professor" Jerry Thomas' Bon Vivant's Companion (1862), which omits the brandy or cognac and is considered to be the "classic" American version. It is also one of the IBA official cocktails.

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Old Cuban

The Old Cuban is an IBA official cocktail and is made with aged rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, mint leaves, and topped with champagne brut. The cocktail takes inspiration from the Mojito, but it features a few important tweaks that result in a unique flavor experience. The Old Cuban was created in 2001 by famed mixologist Audrey Saunders.

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Blackthorn

The Blackthorn is a sloe gin-based cocktail that emerged in the early 20th century. The blackthorn is the name for Prunus spinosa, the plant whose fruit is called sloes. Those fruits are infused in gin to create sloe gin, from where the cocktail name. The name Blackthorn was assigned to many cocktails, all of which are using sloe gin as their base. The cocktail is tasty and intriguing, with sweet, savory, and spicy hints of cloves and cinnamon.

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Planters Punch

Planter’s Punch is an is an IBA Official Cocktail made of a simple mixture of rum, citrus, sugar and spice. This classic drink has been quenching thirsts since the late-1800s, but its origins are murky. The cocktail has been said to have originated at the Planters Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, but actually originated in Jamaica. Recipes vary for the Planter’s Punch so feel free to give the drink your personal spin.

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Suffering Bastard

The Suffering Bastard is the name for two different mixed drinks, one being more of a standard cocktail associated with World War II and the other being more of an exotic drink associated with Tiki bars. There are multiple recipe variations and historical origins have been argued and changed over time. As the history goes, a Suffering Bastard cocktail was created in Egypt at the Shepheard's Hotel.

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Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and water, adding whiskey or bourbon, and garnishing with orange slice and a cocktail cherry. It is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass, which predated the cocktail. Developed during the 19th century (around 1806) and given its name in the 1880s, it is an IBA Official Cocktail.