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CURACAO BITTERS

I love to play with bitters, the salt and pepper of a cocktail. It´s also something very intriguing with bitters bottles…i`m sure all bitter nerds know what i mean.

The Curacao bitters are made by the Masters of Malt. The flavor is intense bright orange/spicy. It`s a quite down to earth burnt orange flavor, that is crisp and fresh. The bottle has a dropper for exact measuring which is a very good thing.

They are made using only two ingredients; the spirit (High-proof Dark Rum) and Curacao Orange Peel. There´s no additional flavourings, colourings or bittering agents added.

I first gonna try them in a cocktail called “Sweet Gentleman” created by Gabriel Bessone, bartender at Warhol Sweet Point, Argentina. He also had his drink featured in the Barforum magazine in Barcelona.

Ii´ts a bit changed since 2 dashes of the curacao bitters are added, the original recipe doesn´t contain any bitters. I also had to switch Jack Daniel´s for bourbon which i think is the closest even though JD is through it´s maple charcoal filtering process not referred to as a bourbon but rather as Tennessee whiskey.

When it comes to the garnish it´s supposed to have a clove studded orange slice in the glass and fresh cherries but unf i didn´t have any orange at home ( i thought i had it…and it was too late for shoppping) and nice fresh cherries can´t be found this time of the year, those i have seen were all very bad. So i had to use those red ones i don´t like since they´re chemical disasters.

Instead of an orange slice i added some mint and rimmed the glass, but anyway, here´s the drink:

SWEET GENTLEMAN


1.5 ozl Jack Daniels

0.5 oz Cointreau

2 oz apple juice Baggio

0.5 oz Cherry syrup

Dash of lemon juice

2 dashes Curacao bitters

Shaken and served in old-fashioned glass.

Garnish: orange slice, 4 cloves, 5 cherries.

This is a nice drink. What i`ve found out is that 2 dashes of the curacao bitters is a bit too little, so try 3-4 dashes instead. It depends on what you mix with of course, but with the spicy whiskey or bourbon in this drink i think 3-4 dashes is better.

And now on to a twist of this drink i made using pineapple juice and Navan vanilla liqueur:

NAUGHTY GENTLEMAN


2 oz Rye

0.25 oz Navan

1 oz Pineapple Juice

0.5 oz lemon juice

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup

2-3 dashes Master of Malt Curacao bitters

Garnish: orange slice with cloves, a pineapple chunk, cherry

Shake and strain into a double old fashioned glass with cracked ice.

Put cloves in the orange slice, cut out a pineapple chunk and drop that plus a cherry or two in the glass.

I think the curacao bitters are perfect in this drink, it´s no flavor contrast but the bitters adds some depth.

And finally…since it´s curacao bitters i`m dealing with i wanna try them in a Mai Tai twist as well, can´t keep my hands off that rum…

LADY FROM CURACAO


1 oz Smith & Cross

1 oz Coruba dark

0.5 oz. dark orgeat (made with dark sugar)

0.5 oz. orange curacao

3 dashes Master of Malt Curacao bitters

0.25 oz. sugarcane syrup (Petit Canne)

1 oz fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and spent lime shell and garnish with fresh mint, a cherry and the spent lime shell.

Tastes like a Mai Tai with a pinch of something you cannot put your fingers on at what it is…

You can get the Curacao and other bitters as well as spirits at the Masters of Malt, they ship worldwide.

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