12 Must-Try Bitter Cocktails We Recommend

Try these tart drinks for something a little different.

When some folks think of cocktails, their minds immediately gravitate to fruity, overly sweet concoctions.

Negroni cocktail with orange peel and ice.

However, drink connoisseurs know that cocktails come in many varieties. There are spicy, savory, floral, and bitter cocktails perfect for pleasing any palate. 

Though bitter might not be the most desirable taste for some, in balanced recipes, bitter flavors highlight a drink’s complexity, bringing out more notes in spirits and other ingredients.

These bitter cocktails go over well with people who enjoy the intricate melding of flavors.


Give these complex drinks a try at your next party. Balanced yet bitter cocktails impress guests with intriguing flavors and combinations, bringing your libations to the next level. 

Do you have a favorite bitter cocktail we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll check it out! 

Negroni cocktail with orange peel and ice.

12 Bitter Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  1. Pick your favorite recipe
  2. Gather all the needed ingredients
  3. Prep a tasty cocktail in less than 5 minutes

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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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