A bitters made from 16 botanicals sourced from around the world and inspired by famous bitters flavour profiles of old.
From the makers: For years, customers and distributors have asked Bittermens if we would ever release iconic flavours that have been made popular by other brands. From day one, we’ve always said that we won’t simply copy other flavours in the market, nor make replicas of historical flavors. However, if we had a unique perspective and could create something truly useful, that’s a different story.
Behind Orange, the most requested flavor was an old fashioned aromatic bitters – and we resisted. There was no reason to clone something that was already being done well and at a fair price.
With that being said, the idea of making a truly useful aromatic blend that was evocative of the Venezuelan (now Trinidadian) classic, stuck in our minds.
Then came a flurry of candy-colour red New Orleans/Creole style bitters and people started asking us if we were going to make one ourselves. Again, we deferred, saying that we had no need to replicate something that was already being done well and at a fair price.
Then it hit us. Could we create new classic aromatic bitters that unified the great bitters traditions – not just cocktail bitters but bitter liqueur flavour profiles as well?
We’re proud to introduce the bitters that we never thought we would make: Bittermens Transatlantic Modern Aromatic Bitters
What’s the flavor profile? Extremely complex, but not in a confusing way. It’s a little sweet, nicely bitter and surprisingly fruity. We’ve merged the great bitters of the world to create an aromatic bitter that is useful in such a wide array of drinks.
- From the most classic Aromatic bitters of Venezuela and Trinidad, we created a base that includes gentian, clove, allspice and cinnamon
- From New Orleans style bitters, we blend in angelica and anise seed
- From the iconic Italian Fernet, we fortify the bitterness in a touch of aloe and chicory
- From the Alpine Amaro tradition, we add in chamomile and dandelion
- From the tradition of German digestives, we incorporate cherry bark and licorice.
New York’s Bittermens is the creation of Avery and Janet Glaser and are widely recognised as frontrunners in the modern explosion of small batch and artisan bitters. After impressing with the Xocolatl Mole and Hiooed Grapefruit bitters they’ve released a range of unique flavours and collaborations.
Bitters are used to flavour cocktails and other drinks. Initially rising to prominence in the 1800s and often marketed as a medicinal product, cocktail bitters emerged as the cocktail-making equivalent of ‘salt and pepper’ in cooking. Although the market consolidated during the 20th century, there has been a boom of small, hand-crafted flavours from all over the world since the turn of the millennium.
They add complexity and refinement, helping balance sweet and other flavours. You do not need to be a world-class bartender to enjoy them, however, they can be utilised as simply as adding a few dashes to soda water to add flavour, something particularly effective after a night of indulgence.