After 13 years, The House of Angostura has launched its first new product, Cocoa Bitters!
The decadent new flavor is incredibly versatile and adds drama to any cocktail or recipe. Top notes include a rich, floral, and nutty cocoa with warm spices and a citrus undertone.
To celebrate the new launch, Angostura hosted events in seven markets across the US.
Groups of bartenders were each sent a gift set, a $50 gift card for ingredients, and attended a virtual even. Each event offered not only the chance to learn more about the launch, but gave bartenders a chance to safely socialize, something most have said they sorely needed.
At each event, attendees were introduced to the new Cocoa Bitters; afterwards, Chilled challenged them to create a cocktail in the #ChilledCocoaContest. The events were hosted by Matthias Merges, Proprietor of Folkart Management which includes Billy Sunday, and Stephen Andrews the manager/head bartender at Chicago’s Billy Sunday, two industry veterans, and all cocktails judged by Chilled 100 Director, Wendy Hodges and North American Angostura Brand Ambassador, Chad Lawrence. A finalist from each market will be chosen and win a $500 prize before moving on to a grand finale and a chance at an additional $1,000.
Chicago, Illinois was the first market on the tour. Each of the entries was fantastic and unique, truly showcasing how many ways the new Cocoa Bitters can be used. Lead by Chilled 100 Ambassador, Carol Donovan, the event was a smash hit.
While all of the cocktails were delightful, Katie Renshaw led the pack with her Angostura Express. “Inspired by the flavors in the 20th Century cocktail, this sip is an ode to travel and trade hubs around the world,” Renshaw explained, “Angostura bitters got their name from the trading-port town through which it became a worldwide phenomenon, while the 20th Century Limited train (the cocktail’s namesake) ran express to Chicago from the bustling Grand Central station. ⠀
“Normally, we’d be jumping aboard a plane or train about now to join our family for the holidays, but we’re staying safe at home, while dreaming of our future destinations. This cocktail is my way of celebrating at home, with @AngosturaHouse brand new cocoa bitters!”
- 1 oz. London dry gin ⠀
- 1/2 oz. Licor 43 ⠀
- 1/4 oz. ANGOSTURA cocoa bitters
- 1/2 oz. Lavender Honey Syrup 1
- 3/4 oz. winter citrus blend 2
- 1 1/2 oz. champagne*⠀
Preparation: Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a shaker, add ice, and shake. Double strain into a rocks glass with ice, and top with the champagne. Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh grated nutmeg.⠀
About Katie Renshaw
Katie Renshaw (@JiggerMeTimbers) is a bartender in Chicago, where her passion for cocktails and spirits drove her to leave her software development job to seek mentorship behind the bar. She’s bartended at some of Chicago’s top cocktail bars including Moneygun, Drumbar, GreenRiver, and Billy Sunday. She has also seen success in several bartending competitions, as a national finalist for Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year, winner of Speed Rack Chicago Season 7, and most notably, winning the title of 2019 US World Class Bartender of the Year. When she’s not bartending, Katie can be found playing music, doing yoga, or cooking to her heart’s content.