Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Bitters

Originally from Germany, Johann Siegert, a doctor of medicine, left his homeland in 1820, the call of adventure ringing in his ears. He was bound for Venezuela, to join with Simon Bolivar in his fight against the Spanish throne. Bolivar then appointed him Surgeon-General of the Military Hospital in the town of Angostura.

Dr. Siegert was above all a scientist. A scientist with a keen inquiring mind. He had seen soldiers battered by the enemy from without and within, by severe fevers and internal stomach disorders.

From the beginning Dr. Siegert was determined to wrest a cure from nature itself and after four years of trial and error, researching and analyzing the qualities of tropical herbs and plants, he finally arrived at a unique blend of herbs which he called “Amargo Aromatico” or aromatic bitters. The year was 1824.

Cocktail: My Island Girl - invented by bartender
Jamaal Bowen

1 oz. Simple Syrup
8 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
2 oz. VSOP
4 oz. Passion Fruit Juice
4 Dashes Angostura® orange bitters
10 Dashes\Sprays Angostura® aromatic bitters

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Orange Slice and Cherry

Method: Muddle thyme with syrup until "infusion" is achieved, then add VSOP and passion fruit juice. Place into shaker with one scoop of ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into rocks glass over ice with fresh thyme *garnish* inserted, add both bitters (2 dashes orange & 5 dashes regular per cocktail)

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