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Apr 27, 2012 07:06 AM

Uses for bitters besides cocktails

My husband received a gift of every type and flavor of bitters for Christmas the year before last (grapefruit, orange, lemon, mint and peach). Since that time, they have sat, unused and taking up space, in a cabinet next to a cocktail shaker. At the time, I thought it was a brilliant gift idea for him since he loves to mix up unusual cocktails, but somehow these drinks never seem to include bitters. There must be other uses for them. Has anyone ever used bitters for anything other than cocktails?

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  1. You can use them in baked goods (cakes, cookies, cupcakes)

    1. The baked goods idea is great. I'd use it in simple flavored baked goods, like citrus. A lemon pound cake with the grapefruit or orange bitter, for example? I also wonder if they might be good in herbal tea, or even in a salad dressing?

      1. Try them in a glass of 7-Up, tonic or soda for a subtle flavor. I've used angostura bitters in the past when cooking beef and still use them often when I'm using fake meat.


        1. I'm told it is a very good hangover remedy.....

          1. F&W had an article about the culinary uses for bitters last year, but I have yet to try one of the recipes. The pork chops, though, sound rather good.