Regans' Orange Bitters No.6.
Bitters bitters bitters, the table spices of the cocktail world! If you ever walk into a craft liquor store or bar, you're sure to find a plethora of bitters. Bitters are flavoring agents that are well, intensely bitter and potent, and usually clock in around a whopping 45% ABV. Their flavors are in fact SO strong that they are deemed "non-potable" by US regulators and thus aren't subject to liquor sale laws (in the same realm as things like vanilla extract, cough medicine, and mouthwash 😧) .
Bitters can be super fun to play with as 'accents' to your cocktails, and you really only need a few for versatile homebar use. Just like how having basic salt&pepper in your kitchen will provide the basics to light up your culinary creations (regardless of how tempting it is to stock things like truffle salt and jamaican jerk seasoning 😝), there's also a 'staples' analog for cocktail creation
Outside of Angostura and Peychaud's bitters (see #BarFaithAngostura
for more on these necessities for your cocktail ingredient arsenal), I'd next suggest a bottle of orange bitters. Specifically, these Regans' No.6 orange bitters are an industry standard for good reason! While they don't have the long heritage of #Angostura
(both from the 1800s), these light citrusy #bitters
ooze with the flavors of #cardamom, #coriander,
and orange peel and were created by cocktail legend Gary Regan in the 1990s to fill a market gap for quality #orange
bitters, perfecting the recipe one batch at a time until he finally settled on batch number 6 with the perfect flavor balance. A few dashes of this is perfect for your lighter gin/vodka-based cocktails, and equally delicious to bring an air of brightness to darker heavier drinks as well. 🍊
#orangebitters #cocktailbitters #BarFaithOrangeBitters