When Angostura launched the newest addition to its bitters line, Cocoa Bitters, it was clear it would be a game-changer in the cocktail world.
Just under three months after the launch, the new flavor has already made a huge impact on the cocktail quality of both professional and at-home bartenders.
In case you missed the launch, the third flavor in the collection is crafted with Trinitario Cocoa, a high-quality cocoa hybrid grown on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The deep, rich cocoa notes join forces with perfectly balanced botanicals and spices to create a unique and dynamic flavor profile. A trained nose will find that along with warm and nutty cocoa, there are undertones of floral and citrus. The end result is a complex bitters that works well in endless drink combinations. That said, Angostura Cocoa Bitters complements sweet vermouth and aged spirits such as whiskey, tequila, brandy, rum and cognac particularly well.
To celebrate the versatility and quality of the new bitters, Angostura teamed up with top industry pros, Elliott Clark of Apartment Bartender and Greg Titian of How2Drink, to try their hand at creative cool-weather cocktails featuring cocoa bitters. They developed delicious custom recipes highlighting the new flavor:
Recipe by Apartment Bartender
- 2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
- 1/4 oz. Raspberry Syrup*
- 1/4 oz. Coconut Liqueur
- 3 dashes Angostura Cocoa Bitters
- Chocolate shavings and/or a raspberry for garnish
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a glass over ice.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup raspberries
Preparation: Add water and sugar to saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add raspberries. Stir and take off heat. Let raspberries infuse for several hours, then strain.
Recipe by How2Drink
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Chili Liqueur
- 1 1/5 oz. Rye Whiskey
- 10 Dashes Angostura Cocoa Bitters
- Orange twist for garnish
Preparation: Build and stir over ice.
As you make holiday preparations, keep in mind that Angostura Cocoa Bitters are also a great match for food recipes. Suggestions include Spiced Pork or a Cocoa Bitters Balsamic Glaze for meat and vegetables. Cocoa Bitters can also be added as an extra dash of flavor to stews and mole-style dishes. Check out AngosturaBitters.com/Cocktails-and-Recipes/ for food and drink recipes.