ANGOSTURA - Aromatic Bitters - Cocktail Bitters



ANGOSTURA - Aromatic Bitters
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A skillfully blended aromatic preparation of gentian flowers in combination with a variety of vegetable colouring matter. Made with the same ingredients since 1824.

Angostura aromatic bitters were first made in 1824 by Dr. J.G.B. Siegert in the town of Angostura, Venezuela.

The aromatic bitters may be distinguished from all other aromatic bitters by its fine flavour and aromatic odour.

At the principal International Exhibition, it has received the highest recognition .

Because of its delightful flavour and aroma it has become extremely popular for use in soft drinks, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.

This bitter is one of the 14 essential ingredients used in 'Diffords Guide - Cocktails Made Easy'
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Category(s):     Bitters
Producer: Angostura Ltd   -
ABV:   44.7%
Brand:   Angostura Ltd
Country of Origin:   Trinidad and Tobago


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4 Product Reviews

Date of Review: Fri, 06 Feb 2009
Review: The king of bitters. Mixed with gin and tonic this is just the best drink a man (or woman) could ever have.

Date of Review: Thu, 14 Dec 2006
Review: You NEED this in your home bar,
No, no you REALLY need this.
If I create a drink 'on the fly' most of the time I will end up adding a dash or two of this, it balances the flavours, and adds complexity.
I am always amazed at its ability to add that little something that makes a drink.
It is no coincidence that so many classic cocktails feature it, try making a Manhattan, Singapore sling or Pina colada without it and you will see why.
Also a bottle does seem to be ever-lasting, it just never runs out. I've seen peoples marriages come and go while I have still had the same bottle. Its like a rock, a constant, there it is, in your bar where you left it, with its silly oversized label all twisted up around the neck just waiting for you to make a Rob Roy!
I think unless you run a bar, or drink gin and bitters on a daily basis you will never see the end of a bottle.

Date of Review: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
Review: I love to add this to Miller's Gin to make a perfect Pink Gin. I often also use this in pasta sauces - fabulous.

Date of Review: Wed, 28 Sep 2005
Review: What's in your manhattan? An essential for your drinks cabinet and, since it is used a drop at a time, one bottle will last for years.

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Producer Information

Angostura begins with Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert.
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 enquiring 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 analysing 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. Dr. Siegert hoped to use the bitters to bring relief to his patients, his small circle of family and friends, but these events were to prove otherwise. From these humble beginnings an international industry was soon to rise.
It was a period of great maritime activity in the Caribbean. The town of Angostura on the banks of the Orinoco River was an important trading post. Ships came into this port from all over the world, their sailors often complaining of sea-sickness. From the residents, they soon learned of the restorative qualities of Dr. Siegert's remedies and of Angostura aromatic bitters began its continuing trip around the world. Dr. Siegert was encouraged to think of producing his bitters on a commercial scale.
In 1830, Dr. Siegert exported his unique aromatic bitters to England and Trinidad. By 1850, he had resigned his commission in the Venezuelan army, to concentrate on the manufacture of his bitters, since by then demand had leapt ahead of supply.
By the time Dr. Siegert died in 1870, his reputation and that of his Angostura aromatic bitters were internationally established. Dr. J.G.B. Siegert& Hijo, a partnership with his son, Carlos, was established in 1867 by Dr. Siegert. Two years after the death of Dr. Siegert, the name was changed to Dr. J.G.B. Siegert& Hijos, to include younger brother, Alfredo Siegert.
Don Carlos, as Carlos became known, recognised that he was in possession of the secret to a unique product. Bon vivant, impeccable in his dress and manners, he was among the first advertisers.
He exhibited in London in 1862 and sampled his product. It was applauded with gin, the monotony of which was forever altered. It became the magic ingredient, to be used in exotic concoctions. He exhibited in Paris in 1867 and in Vienna in 1873. He visited Philadelphia in the united States in 1876 and Australia in 1879. The hallmark of Angostura aromatic bitters was firmly established.

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