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Illustrations by Danielle Malmgren (adapted from photos found HERE)

They are known as digestive aids, once patent medicines and the key ingredient to a Manhattan.  Bitters are defintely having a moment in the cocktail scene these days and rightly so.  Brad Thomas Parsons, authour of Bitters said "People say bitters are the salt and pepper of the bar, but really, they're like the spice rack."

Bitters are flavored concoctions made from high-proof alcohol infused with fruits, spices, roots and barks like gentian and cinchona. The best know commercial bitters are Angostura and Peychaud's. Most bitters were created over a century ago and just a dash of them can make or break a drink!  These days mixologists are trying to replicate the old reliables and making there own unique varieties like Mole, Jamaican Jerk, and Celery.

Want some great bitters to try?  Try Scrappy's Bitters from Whisk in Brooklyn. Feeling adventurous and want to make your own? Look HERE and HERE. Oh and want to cure your hiccups?  Take a lemon wedge, coat it in sugar, then douse it with some bitters. Bite down. Works every time.