About Cocktail Bitters and Elixirs from Germany

About Cocktail Bitters  and  Elixirs from Germany
The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink. There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.

Top Picks for Germany

Cocktail Bitters and Elixirs

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Roots Bitters
94 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Riemerschmid Angobitters Bitter
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Opaque sedimentary mahogany color. Lively, woody aromas and flavors of spice barks, sandalwood, exotic peppercorns, and rhubarb and green tomato with a supple, bright, dry body and an interesting, medium-length dried citrus and earth finish. This a vivacious and well-balanced bitters that adds a lot of warm, woody spice tones to cocktails, in particular whisky-based cocktails like the old fashioned.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Nut Bitters
87 points
$18
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.
The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
86 points
$16
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.
Riemerschmid Bitterlyne Orange Bitter
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Tasted as a Gin Martini cocktail. Light gold color. Mild, herbal, spicy aromas of chamomile, grilled citrus, toasted herbs and bark, and dried flowers with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length citrus pith, bark, fennel, and wax finish. A very pungent cocktail bitters that brings a lot of earthiness to the table; in the gin and tonic the citrus character was subdued and supportive.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Wood Bitters
85 points
$18
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.
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Blossom Bitters
84 points
$18
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.