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Jun 25, 2013 09:36 AM

Breckenridge Bitters

I recently stumbled across this product at a local store. I'd never heard of it before, and decided to take a chance with it. Very glad that I did.

It's somewhat similar to Gran Classico: a golden-colored liqueur in the amaro family. Heavy on the gentian, relatively bitter, but somewhat less sweet and viscous than Gran Classico.

I've been messing around a bit and am currently quite happy with the following combination:

1.5 oz Breckenridge Bitters
1 oz London Dry gin
0.75 oz Cynar

Stir, strain, and express some lemon zest over the top. Drop in the spent zest; I like the bit of extra bitterness it brings to the already fairly bitter drink.

Anyone else try this stuff? Any drink suggestions?

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      Hah, I finally found something before you did. My day is made :-)

      Kappy's, Route 1 (Saugus, I believe, although it could be Malden along that particular stretch. I'm never quite sure where the line is.)

      1. re: EvergreenDan

        After reading this post I picked up a bottle at the Blanchard's in JP. Very tasty

      2. I recently spotted this and opted for it in a whim. Quite nice bitter in the aperitif category. Goes well with soda in a long drink. Also tried this to good effect.

        1.5 Oz Blanco Tequila
        0.75 Oz Lime Juice
        0.5 Oz Breckenridge Bitters
        0.5 Oz Benedictine

        I noticed a honey note in the Breckenridge Bitters, so I tried to play it up with the Benedictine - worked a treat.

        1. We have a drink at Russell House Tavern that just appeared on the menu this week. Shrubs and mezcal go really well together from my experience, and I'm guessing bar manager Sam Gabrielli created this (the shrub is his doing).

          Wild at Heart
          1 1/2 oz Mezcal
          3/4 oz Blueberry Balsamic Shrub
          1/2 oz Breckenridge Bitters
          1/4 oz Amontillado Sherry
          Stir ice/strain small coupe glass pre-seasoned with lemon oil.

          1. Josh Taylor at West Bridge made me a cocktail last week with tequila, amontillado, dry vermouth, and Breckenridge bitters that was really quite good. I'm thinking of trying to duplicate it at home with Gran Clasico subbed in for the Breckenridge

            1. Yes! I love the Breckinridge bitters just on the rocks but it is also delicious in your presentation.
              I did not have the Cynar so I substituted Cocchi Chinato
              in the amount of .75 oz and this is also magically delicious! Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.