The holidays are nearly here and what better way to pep up your winter cocktails than with a few dashes of ANGOSTURA® bitters.

Adding bitters is an easy way to add depth and layers of flavor to any cocktail, and when pairing against heavy holiday foods, they help give a drink enough complexity to hold its own.

To get you ready for the festive season, Angostura bitters shares three stunning holiday cocktails that feature classic winter flavors like apple cider, cinnamon, spices, and pear. Each cocktail uses a different flavor of Angostura bitters to best compliment the spirit used. Their take on an Espresso Martini (a thanksgiving after-dinner must) uses cocoa bitters to bring out the robust flavor in the espresso. Meanwhile, in the Winter Sour, aromatic bitters steal the show, delivering a rich bouquet of spice and fruit. Orange bitters add warming citrus notes and a hint of astringency to the Hot Apple Cider to bring out the nuances in both the whisky and apple.

Whether you’re looking for some seasonal inspiration to round out your cocktail menu or looking for easy to mix drinks to show off at family dinner, these three cocktails are a perfect fit. Each drink is simple to prepare while still having a bold and complex flavor profile sure to please any drinker.

Mix them up for yourself and let us know what you think!

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Brewed Espresso Coffee
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (1-1)
  • 6 dashes ANGOSTURA Cocoa Bitters

Preparation: Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled cocktail glass. Glassware: Cocktail. Garnish: Coffee bean.


Winter Sour

Winter Sour

Winter Sour   

Photo and recipe courtesy of @apartmentbartender

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Calvados
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Spiced Pear Liqueur 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 dashes ANGOSTURA Aromatic Bitters
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish Lemon zest, for garnish

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Double strain the drink into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh grated cinnamon (optional). 


Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider

Photo and recipe courtesy of @atasteofkoko

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Whiskey (optional)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 3 dashes ANGOSTURA Orange Bitters
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish) 
  • 1 Apple Slice (for garnish)

Preparation: Heat apple cider in a pot until the apple cider is steaming. Add ANGOSTURA orange bitters and whiskey (optional) and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.