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Do Bitters Make My Drink More Bitter?
The term bitters, in reference to cocktails, can be a little misleading. They’re not exactly bitter. Think of bitters as more of a “seasoning” for your cocktail ingredient. Like how you might salt a steak. But first, let’s back up and answer what are bitters? What do bitters taste like and what are bitters made of?
Bitters can be anything from seeds, fruits, leaves, roots, bark or herbs mixed with spirits to enhance the flavor of your cocktail. Used sparingly, they deliver an added layer of complexity to your drink that you and your friends will love.