The 2022 trend reports are in, and no- and low-ABV cocktails are still going strong.
With the help of the ANGOSTURA® bitters line, creating dynamic flavored drinks of any kind is as easy as adding a dash. There’s a lot to love about ANGOSTURA bitters, but we appreciate that it makes bartenders’ lives easy.
As you’re reviewing your drink menus for 2022, adding more flavorful mocktails and lower proof cocktails should be top of mind. Not only is January a time when many consumers will be trying to drink less or cut out alcohol completely, trends are showing that restaurant patrons are looking for more options year-round. By adding non-alcoholic options to your menu, your guests drink creatively, and at a slower speed, without sacrificing the full loss of profit you would if they ordered a soda over a cocktail.
Fortunately, with the help of ANGOSTURA, crafting mocktails and low-ABV drinks is quick, easy and delicious! Each of these three mocktails can quickly transition to traditional cocktails, which makes them an easy way to declutter your menu and keep things simple behind the bar. You can play with the various types of ANGOSTURA bitters – Aromatic, Orange, Cocoa – to create different flavor profiles. The versatility of the line is what has and continues to make ANGOSTURA a bartending essential since the early days of craft cocktail making.
Ginger Orange Spritzer
Photo and recipe courtesy of @InspiredbyCharm
This delicious mocktail has a refreshing flavor profile that ranges from sweet to citrus to spice. It is a great beverage to serve year-round!
- 2 oz. Orange Juice
- 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
- 3 oz. Ginger Beer
- 2 dashes ANGOSTURA orange bitters
Preparation: Fill a highball glass with ice. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, and lime juice then top with ginger beer to fill the glass. Add 2 dashes of ANGOSTURA orange bitters. Stir to combine. Garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of fresh mint.
Cocoa Bitters Coffee
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Adding a few dashes of cocoa bitters adds depth of flavor that brings out the best of your coffee beans.
- Brewed Coffee
- 1/2 oz. Brown Sugar Syrup
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- Milk or Creamer (to taste)
- 3-4 dashes ANGOSTURA cocoa bitters
Preparation: Prepare coffee as preferred. Pour into a coffee mug and stir in your bitters, milk or creamer, cinnamon, and brown sugar syrup.
What we love about this Pink Cranberry is that it can be made full, low, or even no-proof. Gin and orange liqueur can be added, but if you elect to make this a mocktail, simply omit and substitute these ingredients and you’ll have a delicious drink no matter how you prepare it.
- 2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 oz. Orange Liqueur (for a no-ABV alternative use orange syrup)
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
- 3 oz. Gin (optional)
- 3-4 Dashes ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in all ingredients. Shake for 20 seconds then strain.