About Exotic Bitters

Serve in a Cocktail Glass
Exotic bitters includes bitters that are infused with unusual ingredients, from fruit (plum) to chocolate to even celery or cardamom. Depending on the primary flavors, these bitters can be used not only in cocktails, but also in cooking for sauces, soups and even desserts.
Top Picks for Exotic Bitters
220516
The Bitter Truth
Drops & Dashes Roots Bitters
Tasted as a Old Fashioned cocktail. Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, orange-peach chutney, and fig bread with a round, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long creme brulee, brown spices, and leather finish. In an Old Fashioned these bitters dovetail completely and add dried fig, licorice and spice notes to compliment the cocktail.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206404
Bittered Sling
Cascade Celery Bitters
Aromas of celery salt and lemon pepper. Palate confirms the nose with a hint of white toffee. In the Pisco Sour the celery and peppercorn notes show well on the nose and body and give the cocktail and more savory, dry, culinary quality topped with a lemon chiffon note. Very nice and very versatile bitters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206405
Bittered Sling
Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
Aromas of chocolate covered lemon peels, potpourri, and verbena. Perfume notes amplify on the palate with an almost eau-de-vie like quality. In the Pisco Sour cocktail, the chocolate plays nicely with the lime and pisco, tasting almost like and chocolate lemon poppyseed muffin. Fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215359
Basement Bitters
Bitter Frost
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Brilliant golden amber color. Spicy aromas of fresh gingerbread and oatmeal, fruitcake, brown spices, and malted cocoa with a supple, lively, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length anise seed, clove, cardamom, and saffron finish. A very attractive and confectionary-like spice bitters that will add a wonderful pie-like quality to cocktails; in the case of the pisco sour it made it like a liquid key lime pie.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220519
The Bitter Truth
Drops & Dashes Nut Bitters
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Amber color. Aromas and flavors of bourbon barrel, dark caramelized nuts, dark raisin bread, and maple sap and bark with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long chocolate toffee, delicate fenugreek, roasted chestnuts and sassafras, and oak and limestone finish. In an Old Fashioned these bitters amplify the woody notes of the bourbon making a younger bourbon taste older and bringing out the minerally charred barrel notes throughout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206406
Bittered Sling
Plum & Rootbeer Bitters
Aromas of black licorice and root beer lead with a singed molasses backnote. The palate confirms the nose, but more sassafras like. In the Pisco Sour, the root notes set up a tension in the cocktail and the citrus was disjointed. Try in amaro, whisky, or mezcal cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220515
The Bitter Truth
Olive Bitters
Tasted as a Gin Martini cocktail. Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of juniper and lemon marinade, smoked nuts and meats, olive brine and soy, and geranium with a supple, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long flaming citrus, olive stuffed with smoked cheese and ham, and honey finish. In the gin martini the woodsy, smoky, olive notes mesh nicely creating a dirty martini with a savory stuffed olive effect.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220517
The Bitter Truth
Drops & Dashes Wood Bitters
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, creme brulee, lime gelato, and smoked paprika and purple carrots with an fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium pu-erh tea and hint of cola float finish. These bitters add an interesting smoky, almost BBQ rub element that make a cocktail more complex, toasty and dessert-like without getting heavy and cloying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210550
Urban Moonshine
Maple
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Cloudy copper color. Earthy, woody aromas of pine sap, pepper dust, lemongrass, and lawn mower gas with a body and a tree bark, gentian, cardamom, and cologne finish. These bitters are quite austere and woody and would complement smoky mezcal cocktails or Indian inspired rum cocktails.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220518
The Bitter Truth
Drops & Dashes Blossom Bitters
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Bright mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon, floral honeycomb, duck egg, and fish sauce with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a breezy citrus pith and gentian, hibiscus tea, sarsaparilla, and lavender perfume and potpourri finish. These bitters bring a distinctive earthy, almost animal quality to a pisco sour, making the egg seem like duck or ostrich egg; interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab