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Old Fashioned cocktail, The Sip
Old Fashioned cocktail, The Sip

Cocktail recipe: Old Fashioned

The Sip takes a look at the Old Fashioned cocktail – expertly made with Angostura Bitters.

Citrus has been used to flavour drinks and dishes for many years, but in the last ten years has become somewhat of a trend as consumers drive the perception of flowers, teas and exotic fruits as healthy and unique flavour enhancers.

In addition, the trend of pairing alcohol and food has seen a revival in recent years, facilitating new flavour combinations and signature tastes.

The House of Angostura’s citrus flavoured Orange Bitters is a complex blend of tropical oranges and spices. It is a versatile product that works incredibly well with vodka, gin and whisky, and adds a depth of flavour to rum cocktails. It is also a culinary must-have, perfect for savoury sauces, seafood dishes and combining with chocolate recipes.

Suitable for all diets Angostura Aromatic Bitters and Angostura Orange Bitters are sodium and gluten-free, vegan and kosher certified. Although both bitters products contain 44.7% and 28% alcohol by volume respectively; each dash contains an insignificant amount of alcohol and therefore remains non-alcoholic.

Try a classic cocktail like the Old Fashioned

60ml Bourbon
1½ teaspoons Demerara syrup (one-part Demerara sugar dissolved in one-part hot water)
Splash of water
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Method: Build in a lowball glass, stir with ice to incorporate ingredients. Add ice. Garnish with a long orange peel.

Paired with a snack, Crostini with Cheese and Orange Bitters Honey

½ cup clover honey
½ teaspoon Angostura Orange Bitters
French style baguette
Tangy cheese (soft goat cheese, blue, Gorgonzola, Roquefort or brie)
Method: Stir Angostura orange bitters into honey. Thinly slice baguette and toast lightly; cool. Top each piece with cheese. Drizzle with Angostura Orange Bitters honey and serve immediately.


First produced in Angostura, Venezuela in 1824 as a medicinal tincture designed to alleviate stomach ailments, Angostura Bitters have become a household name over the last 190 years as a unique flavour and aroma enhancer in both savoury and sweet food dishes, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They are exported to 170 countries worldwide from Angostura’s home base of Trinidad.

Angostura Orange Bitters has been in production since 2007, and whilst the aromatic bitters have been available in South Africa for many years the new Angostura orange bitters has only been available in the country for the past year.

For more information on the Angostura Bitters range and other delicious cocktail recipes, please visit www.angosturabitters.com.

For more information on the official House of Angostura Cocktail app with over eighty tried and tested cocktail recipes, featured drink trends and bartending tips visit http://angosturabitters.com/app/ – available for iPhone from the Apple App Store and for Android devices from the Google Play Store.

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