Angostura Aromatic Bitter
Angostura // Trinidad
Angostura Aromatic Bitters were created in 1824 by Dr. Johann Siegert, surgeon general for Simón Bolívar's army in Venezuela as a medical tonic for the soldiers. Siegert's sons moved the business to Trinidad in 1875 and the bitters were renamed Angostura Bitters in 1904. It is said only five people know the secret recipe. The brand was allowed to continue to sell its bitters in the US during Prohibition as it was deemed to bitter to drink on its own.
Non-Potable BittersNon-potable bitters are used more like flavoring agents (like salt and pepper) for your drink rather than for drinking straight. Made from the infusion of spices, herbs, roots, fruit peels, etc. in a neutral alcohol base. Gentian and quinine are often used. The degree of bitterness varies as does the flavor profiles.