Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas [Hardcover]

by Brad Parsons

ISBN13: 9781580083591 
ISBN10: 1580083595 

Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar. A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country, inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that make the American cocktail so special. And few ingredients have as rich a history or serve as fundamental a role in our beverage heritage as bitters. Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world’s most storied elixir, from its earliest “snake oil” days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene. Parsons writes from the front lines of the bitters boom, where he has access to the best and boldest new brands and flavors, the most innovative artisanal producers, and insider knowledge of the bitters-making process.

Whether you’re a professional looking to take your game to the next level or just a DIY-type interested in homemade potables, Bitters has a dozen recipes for customized blends--ranging from Apple to Coffee-Pecan to Root Beer bitters--as well as tips on sourcing ingredients and step-by-step instructions fit for amateur and seasoned food crafters alikeAlso featured are more than seventy cocktail recipes that showcase bitters’ diversity and versatility: classics like the Manhattan (if you ever get one without bitters, send it back), old-guard favorites like the Martinez, contemporary drinks from Parsons’s own repertoire like the Shady Lane, plus one-of-a-kind libations from the country’s most pioneering bartenders. Last but not least, there is a full chapter on cooking with bitters, with a dozen recipes for sweet and savory bitters-infused dishes.

Part recipe book, part project guide, part barman’s manifesto, Bitters is a celebration of good cocktails made well, and of the once-forgotten but blessedly rediscovered virtues of bitters.


A must-have for cocktail enthusiasts, DIY-minded home cooks, and fans of culinary historyBittersis an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the world’s most storied spirit.

Part cookbook, part project guide, part barman’s manifesto, Bitters is a compendium of more than 70 cocktail recipes, featuring traditional favorites as well as gems from author Brad Thomas Parsons’s own repertoire. In addition to the recipes, Bitters sheds light on the history and mystery of the alcoholic infusion’s origins, profiles artisanal producers, gives step-by-step instructions for making customized blends, and offers a dozen food recipes for bitters-infused dishes. 

About the Author

Brad Thomas Parsons is a writer, blogger, and online marketing manager for Hachette Books. A former editor for, Brad has been a contributor to Serious EatsOmnivoraciousAl DenteSeattle Metropolitan Magazineand more. Follow him on Twitter @BTParsons. 


Barcode # 9781580083591
Shipping Weight 1.1000kg
Shipping Width 17.3cm
Shipping Height 3cm
Shipping Length 23.6cm

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