Most cocktail bitters or any alcoholic drink started as medicine. They contain 20 to 50 percent alcohol and are generally used in small amounts to counter any sweetness or sourness from the cocktail.
Category of Bitters
This is the largest category of bitters, with Angostura being the most notable. It has a good balance of bitterness and aroma to provide a decent flavor for your cocktails.
Citrus bitter is the oldest type of bitters with flavors based on grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and yuzu. They’re best used for spirits like gin, vodka, or white rum. The citrus taste is an excellent addition to strong-tasting alcohol.
The dominant herbal taste can be tasted in these bitters. They’re used for cocktails that require an herbal flavor. It is a well-known digestive aid to prevent or treat nausea.
These are bitters with a hint of sweetness. They come in different fruit flavors and are used for fruity drinks to maintain the taste but carefully dull the cocktail’s sweetness.
This type of bitters provides a rustic and earthy taste which goes excellent for creme cocktails. You can add this on chocolate martinis to bring out that extra nutty flavor.