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7 Cocktails to Make with Angostura Bitters

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If the only drink that comes to mind when you see that paper-wrapped bottle of Angostura bitters is an Old Fashioned, get ready, because we have some cocktails for you. No offense to the Old Fashioned; the drink is the most popular cocktail in the country for good reason. But there are just so many more ways to use spicy, aromatic Angostura bitters in cocktails besides the traditional whiskey lowball. Here are seven of our other favorite drinks to make with Angostura bitters.

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This classic is even older than the Old Fashioned, but just as timeless. Created sometime in the early- to mid-1800s, the Champagne Cocktail is simply made by soaking a sugar cube in three dashes of Angostura bitters, and plopping the cube to the bottom of a flute. Once topped with sparkling wine, the bitters-soaked sugar cube will fizz and very slowly disintegrate in the drink—though in much more time than it takes to knock back the effervescent glass.

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Sugar Cube
Bitters
Champagne
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Turns out that, in the 19th century, the men of the British Royal Navy were up on the whole Millennial Pink phenomenon well before there was, well, a new millenium. The sailors originally used it as a cure for seasickness, before bringing this simple recipe ashore: 2 oz gin mixed with 4 dashes of bitters and a lemon twist if you please. Modern distillers are starting to bottle the drink to capitalize on the pink trend, but it’s way easier (and cheaper) to just make it yourself.

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Gin
Angostura
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The Mojito was already intensely refreshing, but this version goes overboard by making it a frozen drink. Served at nautical New York dive The Rusty Knot, this drink of the same name blends all of the Mojito’s classic ingredients—rum, mint and simple syrup—with ice, and adds a hefty five dashes of Angostura bitters to give the drink more zing and play up its herbaceousness.

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gold rum
Sour Mix
mint
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The original Dark ‘N Stormy is actually a proprietary recipe owned by Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. If you want to use a different dark rum to make the drink but want to avoid litigation, there’s an easy fix: add bitters. Dashing in as few as two dashes of Angostura transforms the rum, lime and ginger beer drink into the Perfect Storm, adding a nice layer of aromatics and enhancing the rich, spiced taste of the original.

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Dark Rum
bitters
Ginger Beer
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While Ernest Hemingway is known more for his proclivity for extra-boozy Daiquiris and the extremely potent, absinthe-tinged Death in the Afternoon, this drink was also one of his go-to tipples. Like all of Hemingway’s favorite drinks, the Death in the Gulf Stream is not for the faint of heart; it is bracingly bitter. Juniper-heavy genever (think of it as an extreme gin), is only tempered by lime and four dashes of Angostura bitters. Mere mortals will probably also like a measure of simple syrup, but know that Hemingway would definitely pass on the sugar.

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Genever
Lime
Angostura bitters
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Fans of the childhood favorite Root Beer Float are sure to be obsessed with this grown-up version. Malty, sugarcane-based Mexican Coke and vanilla ice cream get boozed up with a large pour of white rum, and a whopping 7 to 10 dashes of Angostura bitters replicate the sarsaparilla funk found in root beer. Serve in a nostalgic milkshake glass with a straw, a long spoon and stretchy pants.

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White Rum
Vanilla Ice Cream
Mexican Coke
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Tiki cocktails are known for packing tons of flavor and color into a single glass, and this Satellite Swizzle does not disappoint on either front. Created by The Golden Girl Rum Club in Missouri, this spritzy take on a Mai Tai uses an unconventional ingredient: beer. Miller High Life to be exact. The Champagne of beers mixes with gin, passion fruit liqueur, falernum, orgeat and lemon juice over crushed ice. Garnish the whole thing with 10 dashes of Angostura bitters to add a bright red color and a lovely aromatic blanket to the drink.

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Orgeat
Gin
beer

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