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Bitter Never Tasted So Good

Article Date » 10-19-2012

Bitter Never Tasted So Good

Bitters are not something that you usually equate with cuisine. More often than not, Bitters are thought of as an acquired taste, added to certain cocktails like the 'old fashioned' your grandfather used to drink.

That's exactly what we used to think -- until Angostura® joined us on the set of our reality cooking show, All Mixed Up™.

Brand Ambassador for Angostura Bitters, Rita Held, was thrilled to be able to bring her beloved Angostura® aromatic Bitters as an ingredient to challenge the contestants on All Mixed Up™, showing them that this versatile ingredient goes far beyond the bar.

Encouraging them to get creative and explore how the Angostura original and orange flavored bitters could enhance so many different dishes, she does warn that 'a little goes a LONG way'.

Cautious and slightly intimidated at first, the student chefs soon realize how right she was. While using the brands 2 different kinds of bitters as well as the companies 7-year aged rum to enhance dishes in ways they never realized possible, the chef's create incredible dishes with unique flavor profiles that they had never experienced before.

Bitters occupy a unique niche in the history of food and drinks, especially given their early history as patent medicines. Curiosity about this 'bitter' flavor enhancing ingredient led us on a search about its background. It turns out that one of the oldest known brands still in operation today is, you guessed it, Angostura.

· Angostura Bitters was first compounded in Venezuela in 1824 by a German Physician, Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert as a cure for sea sickness and stomach maladies.

· Dr. Siegert subsequently formed the 'House of Angostura' as a company selling bitters to sailors.

· Angostura 'Aromatic Bitters' was named after the town of Angostura in Venezuela.

· Due to its high alcohol content, bitters age exceptionally well.

· One of the earliest descriptions of what a cocktail is on record (from 1806) calls for only four ingredients: 'a stimulating liquor, sugar, water and bitters'.

So Bitters have a history in medicine, in cocktails and now they are forging the path into cuisine with many incredible results.

Try Angostura bitters in fish chowders and bisques. Make the Angostura recipe for Deep chocolate sauce with bitters. Find these and many more recipes on the Angostura USA facebook page!

To see what the students create with the Angostura ingredients don't forget to tune into All Mixed Up™, Friday November 9th, 16th and 23rd at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime and then log onto afterwards to get the recipes to try them out.

So dust off that bottle of Angostura Bitters you have hidden in the back of your bar and put it in the kitchen. You'll be glad you did!

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