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12 Must-Try Bitter Cocktails

I always recommend bitter cocktails to folks looking for something out of the ordinary. These drinks stand out with their complex flavors, mixing bitter liqueurs, herbs, and a hint of citrus. They strike the perfect balance, offering a bold taste that’s not too sweet or fruity. I’ve grown to appreciate their sophistication and the way they challenge the palate. It’s the depth and unique taste that make these cocktails a favorite among those with adventurous tastes. Check out our roundup for some top-notch bitter cocktail recipes.

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A bitter cocktail in an elegant, classic bar setting. The cocktail is a sophisticated blend of bitter ingredients like Campari or Aperol, combined with other spirits and perhaps a twist of citrus peel, served in an old-fashioned glass. The drink has a deep, rich color, ranging from amber to reddish-brown, exuding a mature and refined taste. The background features a classic bar environment with polished wood, leather chairs, and soft, ambient lighting, creating an atmosphere of traditional elegance and timeless style.

12 Bitter Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bitter cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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12 Must-Try Bitter Cocktails
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his 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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