A New Use for Your Artisanal Bitters Collection

While they're best known for the role they play behind the bar, these botanical tinctures bring unexpected depth to a range of sweet and savory foods. In Trinidad, where the Angostura bitters company is located, bitters are an everyday condiment, set on household tables and added to dishes at just about every meal. Sprinkle a few dashes in a vinaigrette for a salad dressing worth asking after; stir some into coffee with sugar and cream for a robust morning cup; or use them to elevate deviled eggs and potato salad. Bitters also add depth to beans and stews, or a savory dimension to vanilla ice cream or a frothy milkshake. But whatever your pleasure, be cautious with the amount. In small doses bitters add an enticing flavor, but too much is not a good thing.

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