Toast to Repeal Day! Cocktails With a Dash of BittersDecember 5, 2012
Source: Bites on Today
December 5 marks the anniversary of an important day in alcoholic beverage history: the repeal of the 18th Amendment, thus ending almost 14 years of Prohibition. Seventy-nine years ago today, politicians realized that banning the sale and production of alcohol did not decrease crime, violence and debt—but instead did exactly the opposite. The law was lifted, much to our inebriated delight!
To celebrate, why not drink a cocktail and spice it up with bitters? Bitters are tinctures made from extractions of roots, barks, herbs, spices, fruit peels, flowers and seeds. Once used solely their purported health benefits, aromatic bitters are often used to add depth to drinks as well as to cut sweetness and balance contrasting cocktail components.
“They mirror exactly what spices do in food,” says Lara Nixon, founder of Bad Dog Bar Craft, an Austin-based craft bitters company.
While alcohol was banned during the Prohibition, bitters continued to be legally sold for their medicinal quality, despite the 40 to 50 percent alcohol they contain.
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