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18 Drinks with Bitters to Make at Home


These Drinks with Bitters are refreshing and flavorful. From classics to tropical inspired mixed drinks, this list includes tasty cocktail recipes that are easy to make at home. Just a few drops adds so much flavor to any drink.

Bottles of bitters on a tray next to a cocktail shaker.
Let’s make some drinks with bitters!

Why Cocktails that Use Bitters are Delicious

If you try any of these mixed drinks with bitters, you’ll find that they are delicious but you may not even be able to taste the bitters.

Much like salt and pepper, cocktail bitters help to finish a drink and add an additional layer of flavor. Bitters help to balance and drink and make it just right.

Unlike a simple syrup, bitters don’t add sweetness, only concentrated flavor.

Related: Bitters and Soda

Traditional Bitters, (I prefer Angostura) indeed, have a slightly bitter flavor that is herbal with a slight note of citrus. It’s a concentrated flavor that you only need a few drops of.

Bitters is something I think you should keep on your bar cart. It is a simple way to add flavor to any cocktail that needs a little extra kick. Cocktails with bitters are my favorite!

Cocktails with Bitters

Grab that bottle of bitters and try one of these delicious cocktails that use bitters. From classic to more unique, there are tons of options to try. Most use Angostura Bitters, but some use flavored options.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are bitters made with

Bitters are alcohol infusions made with botanicals and other flavor agents. Roots, dried fruits, herbs and flowers create flavorful blends to add to cocktails.

What kind of drinks can you make with bitters

Bitters can be used in any drink you want to. Often used in classic cocktails, bitters can be added to anything. It’s like a liquid spice that you would add depending on the flavors you are using.

What does bitters do to a drink

Along with bringing their own flavor (which depends on which variety you use) they also accentuate other flavors in a cocktail. It’s a great way to add depth and a perfect way to finish of a drink.

Types of bitters

I’m not sure if bitters is broken down into legit categories but from a casual user, I have noticed a few types.

Aromatic bitters are the traditional type and include herbs, barks, spices, etc. I guess I would also include lavender bitters in this category.

Angostura is the most popular brand. I think most drinks using bitters use this kind. Peychaud’s is also a classic brand of bitters.

There are also fruit-forward bitters like orange, and grapefruit and just about any other fruit you can think of.

There are more savory flavors, like celery, which I have but haven’t used yet.

And then you can find flavor blends. I have one that tastes very tropical with the standard bitter flavors topped with nutmeg and cinnamon, etc.

Chocolate bitters exist although I haven’t ever used those.

And then you’ll find the weird ones. The ones like mole, or barbecue or spicy bitters. These wacky flavors seem to be a fairly new trend while traditional bitters have been around FOREVER.

Some brands also sell them in sets which is a great way to try out a bunch of flavors. Some sell smaller sized bottles, while others sell full-sized.

You can usually find the OG bitters, Angostura, at most stores including supermarkets and Target. Look for specialty bitters in larger wine stores or smaller cocktail shops. Or scout for them online.

Or you can make your own bitters.

If you are looking for an easy way to add sweetness and flavor of the bitters, try this Old Fashioned syrup. It’s delish!

Bitters are a quick way to add tons of flavor to a drink.

And while they do, technically, have alcohol, they really aren’t considered alcoholic. The amount you would need to consume to feel the effects would be outrageous.

You do need to be 21 years old to purchase them.

Adding a few drops to a cocktail is the perfect finishing touch. Drinks with bitters are my favorite!

More ways to use bitters

  • I add Lavender Bitters to my coffee. Yum!
  • Use a few drops to flavor homemade whipped cream.
  • Add a few drops to your batter before baking. I think I’m going to give that a try next time I make my Sherry Wine Cake.
  • Mixed with a little olive oil could make for an interesting salad dressing.
  • Adding a few drops to a glass of wine might make it taste more complex like Fortified Wine. I haven’t tried that yet, so I’ll report back.

Once you get familiar with mixed drinks with bitters you’ll come up with even more ways you can use them.

More cocktail recipes

  • A Blood Orange Spritzer with Thyme is refreshing and a great way to use wine that has been open a few days.
  • Have you heard of Haus Aperitif wines? They’re totally unique and delicious. Drink them alone or use them in a cocktail!
  • A Hibiscus Mule is a tart and tangy drink idea that also has a floral note. It’s a fun twist on the classic recipe.

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