The bourbon drinking experience is about so much more than bourbon itself. The glassware, the ice, and even the ingredients that can be added to your drink can make all the difference. We have talked a little about the importance of good glassware, and showed you where to find some decent whiskey balls. Now, its time to delve into bitters.
Bitters are an alcoholic beverage that is flavored with herbs, spices, oils, and other additives. Before the development of food and drug standards, “snake oil” salesmen would pedal bitters as patented medicines and herbal cures. While the jury is still out on their medicinal uses, bitters can be effectively used as digestifs.
Bitters are extremely essential to any bourbon cocktail. In fact, the very definition of a cocktail includes bitters as a key ingredient. If you have yet to add any bitters to your home bar, here is a brief rundown of some of the best stuff currently on the market.