Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(VinePair)   Ever wonder why the bitters bottle wears an oversized label like a 70s TV detective's trench coat with cryptic writing like a weird old pirate treasure map?   (vinepair.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Bitters, Cocktail, bitters brand, cocktail bitters category, brand's oversized label, Angostura Sour, classic case of imitation, Dr. Johann Siegert  
•       •       •

1462 clicks; posted to Food » on 12 Jun 2021 at 7:50 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



44 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2021-06-12 6:11:24 PM  
"Everything on stage should be larger than in real life."
 
2021-06-12 7:53:20 PM  
No.
 
2021-06-12 8:28:12 PM  

Ragin' Asian: No.


I occasionally wondered, but also never once cared enough to find out.

so apparently just a stupid mistake of miscommunication? not the most captivating backstory.
 
2021-06-12 8:31:37 PM  
Well, that's weird. I came across an article on this last week, totally out of nowhere.
 
2021-06-12 8:56:51 PM  
It's a cute story you can tell in a bar, a better question is, why is it more expensive than even cheap liquor per Oz?
 
2021-06-12 9:09:54 PM  
No better cocktail the a Manhattan.  Don't even @ me bro about it.
 
2021-06-12 9:32:45 PM  
Bored bartenders have all read the label. There is no angostura bark in the bitters because of a drug in in the bark of the South American Angostura tree.. Active drugs in herbs are bitter and often good for the appetite and digestion but most bitters have had any active drugs removed. The Underberg label says this is not a beverage and Frenet-Brance tastes like dirt. Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal.
 
2021-06-12 10:09:53 PM  

melfunction: Bored bartenders have all read the label. There is no angostura bark in the bitters because of a drug in in the bark of the South American Angostura tree.. Active drugs in herbs are bitter and often good for the appetite and digestion but most bitters have had any active drugs removed. The Underberg label says this is not a beverage and Frenet-Brance tastes like dirt. Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal.


Came to say if you're out and about and your stomach starts to rumble, get a shot of bitters from the bartender as it's an old bar trick to settle one's stomach at work.
 
2021-06-12 10:17:21 PM  

melfunction: Bored bartenders have all read the label. There is no angostura bark in the bitters because of a drug in in the bark of the South American Angostura tree.. Active drugs in herbs are bitter and often good for the appetite and digestion but most bitters have had any active drugs removed. The Underberg label says this is not a beverage and Frenet-Brance tastes like dirt. Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal.


was going to mention Underberg earlier, but wasn't sure if anyone would recognize it. funny thing, you're right about the label - Amazon sells it without restriction or anything, literally anyone of any age could buy it - and the stuff is farking 44%ABV. it's also pricey-AF, yet I've bought entire cases of it more than once, lol.

Fernet-Branca, is, yeah, more than a bit harsh, but I don't mind having a small glass after dinner every now and then.
 
2021-06-12 10:19:44 PM  
oh and not just the Hamazons - I have bought 3-packs of Underberg at random grocery stores, what have "Germany" in the "ethnic" aisle, and, ditto. it's right there out on the shelf, they don't know to card you for ID, it is... very weird, given how blue/Puritanical a lot of US states are.
 
2021-06-12 10:23:00 PM  

Demetrius: "Everything on stage should be larger than in real life."


bingo. very well put. Worcestshire Sauce, same way. it's farking magical.
 
2021-06-12 10:51:43 PM  
No. But I have been wondering why my bitters taste like soap.

themakeyourownzone.comView Full Size
 
2021-06-12 10:52:11 PM  

sinko swimo: Demetrius: "Everything on stage should be larger than in real life."

bingo. very well put. Worcestshire Sauce, same way. it's farking magical.


It's from the liner notes on "Stop Making Sense" where David Byrne wore the ridiculously oversized suit on stage.

I remember when there were liner notes and you actually took the time to read them...

TIPS FOR PERFORMERS:  Playing cards have the top half upside-down to help cheaters. There are a finite number of jokes in the universe. Singing is a trick to get people to listen to music for longer than they wold ordinarily. There is no music in space. People will pay to watch people make sounds. Everything on stage should be larger than in real life.

LIVING WITH OTHER PEOPLE:  Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities. Table manners are for people who have nothing better to do. Civilization is a religion. Civilized people walk funny. There is always a party going on somewhere. People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit.

LIFE ON EARTH:  Men like pastries, women like custards. Scientists have invented a love drug, but it only works on bugs. Animals like earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanic activity. Nuclear weapons can wipe out life on Earth, if used properly. Cats like houses better than people. Dolphins find people amusing, but they don't want to talk to them. People look ridiculous when they're in ecstasy. Schools are for training people how to listen to other people. Body odor is the window to the soul. Sound is worth money.

IN THE HOME: There have been cases where people's shoes got stuck on their feet and could never be removed. The best way to get rid of unwanted flying insects is to have strong body odor. There hasn't been a good-looking American car in 20 years. There is always something on television. The best length for television programs is either 30 seconds or 8 hours.

THE SPACE PEOPLE: Space People read our mail. The Space People think that TV news programs are comedies, and that soap operas are news. The Space People will contact us when they can make money by doing so. The Space People think factories are musical instruments. They sing along with them. Each song lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No music on weekends.

MONEY: People will do odd things if you give them money. When everything is worth money, the money is worth nothing. If you keep your money in your shoe, then people will know which bills are yours. If you crumple your money into little balls, it will never stick together. The best way to touch money is by the edges. U.S. money is the worst looking money in the world.

WORLD TRAVEL: Passport pictures are what people really look like. Rich people will travel great distances to look at poor people. Toast is the national dish of Australia. People never travel to look at flat landscapes. People would rather watch things than eat. Looking at postcards is better than looking at the real thing. Looking up is as scary as looking down.

IN THE FUTURE: In the future, women will have breasts all over. In the future, it will be a relief to find a place without culture. In the future, plates of food will have names and titles. In the future, we will all drive standing up. In the future, love will be taught on television and by listening to pop songs.

WORK: Crime is a job. Sex is a job. Growing up is a job. School is a job. Going to parties is a job. Religion is a job. Being creative is a job.
 
2021-06-12 11:09:59 PM  
THE SPACE PEOPLE: Space People read our mail. The Space People think that TV news programs are comedies, and that soap operas are news. The Space People will contact us when they can make money by doing so. The Space People think factories are musical instruments. They sing along with them. Each song lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No music on weekends.

dont diss my homies

blogs.nasa.govView Full Size
 
2021-06-12 11:11:53 PM  

melfunction: Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal


also I somehow missed that part. not sure I ever had that one, which will have to be rectified...
 
2021-06-13 1:55:16 AM  
Someone had one too many before sending in the label specs?
 
2021-06-13 2:42:28 AM  

Mikey1969: Well, that's weird. I came across an article on this last week, totally out of nowhere.


Yep and I read a similar one about the history of Angostura bitters, including why the label is oversized on the BBC a month ago. Guess this story will keep cropping up for a few months. Followed by a few 'you're adding bitters to your drinks wrong' articles and a lifehacker page on how to hack your drinks with bitters.
 
2021-06-13 3:22:45 AM  

fasahd: It's a cute story you can tell in a bar, a better question is, why is it more expensive than even cheap liquor per Oz?


Because it's grain neutral spirit with a crap load of expensive botanicals in it. I don't know if you cook much but herbs and spices are really freaking expensive. Frankly if you were to try to make bitters at home they'd be OMG expensive and would make even Fee Brothers seem cheap. Still even though I use them much more heavily than most they're a tiny part of the total cocktails price but a vital part of the final product, I might go through $60 in bitters a year but nearly $1,000 in whisk(e)y to make the cocktails.
 
2021-06-13 5:16:15 AM  

Demetrius: sinko swimo: Demetrius: "Everything on stage should be larger than in real life."

bingo. very well put. Worcestshire Sauce, same way. it's farking magical.

It's from the liner notes on "Stop Making Sense" where David Byrne wore the ridiculously oversized suit on stage.

I remember when there were liner notes and you actually took the time to read them...

TIPS FOR PERFORMERS:  Playing cards have the top half upside-down to help cheaters. There are a finite number of jokes in the universe. Singing is a trick to get people to listen to music for longer than they wold ordinarily. There is no music in space. People will pay to watch people make sounds. Everything on stage should be larger than in real life.

LIVING WITH OTHER PEOPLE:  Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities. Table manners are for people who have nothing better to do. Civilization is a religion. Civilized people walk funny. There is always a party going on somewhere. People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit.

LIFE ON EARTH:  Men like pastries, women like custards. Scientists have invented a love drug, but it only works on bugs. Animals like earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanic activity. Nuclear weapons can wipe out life on Earth, if used properly. Cats like houses better than people. Dolphins find people amusing, but they don't want to talk to them. People look ridiculous when they're in ecstasy. Schools are for training people how to listen to other people. Body odor is the window to the soul. Sound is worth money.

IN THE HOME: There have been cases where people's shoes got stuck on their feet and could never be removed. The best way to get rid of unwanted flying insects is to have strong body odor. There hasn't been a good-looking American car in 20 years. There is always something on television. The best length for television programs is either 30 seconds or 8 hours.

THE SPACE PEOPLE: Space People read our mail. The Spac ...


awesome post! I love the T Heads and miss LP's. LP's were wonderful, the artwork, the credits, the notes. Sometimes you'd get a poster or a post card. CD's have all the charm of a toenail, a standard toenail, not a polished one on a pretty woman wearing smoking hot shoes.
 
2021-06-13 6:12:18 AM  

Mikey1969: Well, that's weird. I came across an article on this last week, totally out of nowhere.


On Reddit?
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 6:58:44 AM  

tintar: melfunction: Bored bartenders have all read the label. There is no angostura bark in the bitters because of a drug in in the bark of the South American Angostura tree.. Active drugs in herbs are bitter and often good for the appetite and digestion but most bitters have had any active drugs removed. The Underberg label says this is not a beverage and Frenet-Brance tastes like dirt. Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal.

was going to mention Underberg earlier, but wasn't sure if anyone would recognize it. funny thing, you're right about the label - Amazon sells it without restriction or anything, literally anyone of any age could buy it - and the stuff is farking 44%ABV. it's also pricey-AF, yet I've bought entire cases of it more than once, lol.

Fernet-Branca, is, yeah, more than a bit harsh, but I don't mind having a small glass after dinner every now and then.


Perhaps a state/locality thing, but I looked it up on Amazon just now and it said must be 21+ to purchase. Never bought anything restricted on Amazon so I'm not sure how they verify.

That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.
 
2021-06-13 7:20:07 AM  

sinko swimo: CD's have all the charm of a toenail,


OMG you still have a CD player?

/BandCamp liner notes have all the charm of looking at your phone
//I've had Gorguts' "Pleidies Dust" since it came out, and just realize a month ago it had liner notes and lyrics in bandcamp... smdh
 
2021-06-13 7:25:38 AM  
151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.
 
2021-06-13 7:36:17 AM  

151: Perhaps a state/locality thing, but I looked it up on Amazon just now and it said must be 21+ to purchase. Never bought anything restricted on Amazon so I'm not sure how they verify.

That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.


wait, isn't most all rice wine vinegar, simply just rice vinegar, but with "wine" in the name? like, it has little or no alcohol at all, they're just being assy about the word wine? jeebus.

hmm, you could be right about the state thing, or maybe it depends simply on vendor? tried adding Underberg from 2 different sellers just now, and wasn't given any warnings at all. not on the product pages, not in the shopping cart, not at the checkout page. which seems odd, since Pennsylvania is randomly-stupid with their blue laws.

in the past I'd only ever actually bought it from 3rd-parties, but that was back in Taxachusetts.

I was able to buy a 1.8L of mirin (8%ABV) last month, sold directly by Amazon, delivered to PA, and also no warning or restriction. weird.

and in all cases, the packages were simply left at the doorstep, no signature-required proof-of-ID thing (unlike GoPuff delivery here in Philadelphia, where they require you answer the door and scan your ID with the driver's phone)
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 7:36:32 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.


I know that. You know that. We know that. That was my point. It's like Amazon/whole foods grocery did a find/replace/delete-all on keywords like wine, beer, etc.

Come to think of it, I wonder if I can when get a case of root beer delivered with my steaks this afternoon....
 
2021-06-13 7:37:18 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.


There are several on Amazon listed either way Many eligible for free next day delivery for orders over $25
You really need it same day? How spoiled have you become? Monitor your inventory snowflake
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 7:46:12 AM  

tintar: 151: Perhaps a state/locality thing, but I looked it up on Amazon just now and it said must be 21+ to purchase. Never bought anything restricted on Amazon so I'm not sure how they verify.

That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

wait, isn't most all rice wine vinegar, simply just rice vinegar, but with "wine" in the name? like, it has little or no alcohol at all, they're just being assy about the word wine? jeebus.

hmm, you could be right about the state thing, or maybe it depends simply on vendor? tried adding Underberg from 2 different sellers just now, and wasn't given any warnings at all. not on the product pages, not in the shopping cart, not at the checkout page. which seems odd, since Pennsylvania is randomly-stupid with their blue laws.

in the past I'd only ever actually bought it from 3rd-parties, but that was back in Taxachusetts.

I was able to buy a 1.8L of mirin (8%ABV) last month, sold directly by Amazon, delivered to PA, and also no warning or restriction. weird.

and in all cases, the packages were simply left at the doorstep, no signature-required proof-of-ID thing (unlike GoPuff delivery here in Philadelphia, where they require you answer the door and scan your ID with the driver's phone)


Interesting point, I can get mirin (seemingly, didn't try to add to cart or anything), then realized I had backed out of whole foods on Amazon and was just on regular Amazon. No mirin on whole foods. Shaoxing (which is what started this whole saga of me wondering why I can't get shiat on Amazon via whole foods), perfectly available on Amazon. Whole foods section of Amazon? Nope, doesn't exist.

So, I'm guessing whole foods is the pretentious culprit. Sigh. I can get a half gallon of anything I want delivered to my door from the gas station, but I can't get goddamn mirin from whole foods? Whole foods, I started to like you recently, but you're making it hard for me to continue.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 7:47:00 AM  

fasahd: Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.

There are several on Amazon listed either way Many eligible for free next day delivery for orders over $25
You really need it same day? How spoiled have you become? Monitor your inventory snowflake


It's called grocery delivery, gramps. It's a thing now.
 
2021-06-13 7:53:22 AM  
Oh. Here I thought it was to help protect them while crated up for shipping.  Come to find out it's just because family members can't communicate.

They could have just taken a moment to text a picture of their designs to each other.
 
2021-06-13 7:56:09 AM  

151: Interesting point, I can get mirin (seemingly, didn't try to add to cart or anything), then realized I had backed out of whole foods on Amazon and was just on regular Amazon. No mirin on whole foods. Shaoxing (which is what started this whole saga of me wondering why I can't get shiat on Amazon via whole foods), perfectly available on Amazon. Whole foods section of Amazon? Nope, doesn't exist.

So, I'm guessing whole foods is the pretentious culprit. Sigh. I can get a half gallon of anything I want delivered to my door from the gas station, but I can't get goddamn mirin from whole foods? Whole foods, I started to like you recently, but you're making it hard for me to continue.


ah, the whole foods aspect makes sense, and I'd started wondering that exact thing after I'd commented. bleh, we can't even get no whole foods via amazon 'round-hyeah. there is a store about 10-11mi away, guess we're somehow just out of their delivery area. which is probably actually a good thing for me, ha ha ha. eh, at least I can still do ALDI on instacart.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 8:06:36 AM  

tintar: 151: Interesting point, I can get mirin (seemingly, didn't try to add to cart or anything), then realized I had backed out of whole foods on Amazon and was just on regular Amazon. No mirin on whole foods. Shaoxing (which is what started this whole saga of me wondering why I can't get shiat on Amazon via whole foods), perfectly available on Amazon. Whole foods section of Amazon? Nope, doesn't exist.

So, I'm guessing whole foods is the pretentious culprit. Sigh. I can get a half gallon of anything I want delivered to my door from the gas station, but I can't get goddamn mirin from whole foods? Whole foods, I started to like you recently, but you're making it hard for me to continue.

ah, the whole foods aspect makes sense, and I'd started wondering that exact thing after I'd commented. bleh, we can't even get no whole foods via amazon 'round-hyeah. there is a store about 10-11mi away, guess we're somehow just out of their delivery area. which is probably actually a good thing for me, ha ha ha. eh, at least I can still do ALDI on instacart.


That's funny as hell, I can get whole foods delivered within 2 hours basically any normal time of day, but the closest actual brick and mortar is almost an hour away in Lansing.

I can get Meijer delivered within an hour, 5 miles away, no delivery fees via shipt. Kroger is like a mile away and 10$ delivery.

I've put the exact same $50 order in both meijer and Kroger carts, and even with the delivery fee, Kroger is usually a couple bucks cheaper. Then I get annoyed and just bike up to Kroger and get it for even cheaper than that, obviously.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 8:08:45 AM  
Oh and I have an Aldi about the same distance as Kroger, and I love Aldi. Somehow it's not on instacart for me 🤷♂ friggin weird man

I should go to Aldi way more often, but I always seem to need one single thing that Aldi just doesn't have
 
2021-06-13 8:09:29 AM  

151: fasahd: Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.

There are several on Amazon listed either way Many eligible for free next day delivery for orders over $25
You really need it same day? How spoiled have you become? Monitor your inventory snowflake

It's called grocery delivery, gramps. It's a thing now.


I order quite a bit from Amazon Last order had a case of soda, a case of V-8, A case of Gator-aid, A case of Cold canned coffee, etc, free delivery We don't have a Whole foods locally so meat and produce are out But it beats riding the bike home with them Yes I'm familiar with grocery delivery I can still wait till tomorrow
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 8:13:13 AM  

fasahd: 151: fasahd: Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.

There are several on Amazon listed either way Many eligible for free next day delivery for orders over $25
You really need it same day? How spoiled have you become? Monitor your inventory snowflake

It's called grocery delivery, gramps. It's a thing now.

I order quite a bit from Amazon Last order had a case of soda, a case of V-8, A case of Gator-aid, A case of Cold canned coffee, etc, free delivery We don't have a Whole foods locally so meat and produce are out But it beats riding the bike home with them Yes I'm familiar with grocery delivery I can still wait till tomorrow


That was my point, when I do grocery delivery, I'm doing it to make dinner TONIGHT, as well as the next several days, at least. So if I can't get it today, it's kinda a deal breaker. Should I have thought about dinner today... Yesterday? Of course. Did I have time to? Nope. Do I want a homemade meal tonight vs farking taco bell? You betcha.
 
151 [OhFark]
2021-06-13 8:18:10 AM  

151: fasahd: 151: fasahd: Manfred J. Hattan: 151:
That said, I can't even buy goddamn rice wine vinegar on Amazon via whole foods for same day grocery delivery. Rice vinegar? You got it, rice wine vinegar? fark all the way off. Again, perhaps local restrictions, but Michigan has pretty lax alcohol laws.

There is no difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar.

There are several on Amazon listed either way Many eligible for free next day delivery for orders over $25
You really need it same day? How spoiled have you become? Monitor your inventory snowflake

It's called grocery delivery, gramps. It's a thing now.

I order quite a bit from Amazon Last order had a case of soda, a case of V-8, A case of Gator-aid, A case of Cold canned coffee, etc, free delivery We don't have a Whole foods locally so meat and produce are out But it beats riding the bike home with them Yes I'm familiar with grocery delivery I can still wait till tomorrow

That was my point, when I do grocery delivery, I'm doing it to make dinner TONIGHT, as well as the next several days, at least. So if I can't get it today, it's kinda a deal breaker. Should I have thought about dinner today... Yesterday? Of course. Did I have time to? Nope. Do I want a homemade meal tonight vs farking taco bell? You betcha.


I guess I should add...I live alone and work in a restaurant, so my meals are quite different from those of normal people. I eat when I can, and what I can. Usually at work. On my occasional day off, I want food that doesn't come from my work kitchen, and I'm too farking tired to think about that meal even a day or a couple hours in advance.

Your milage most likely varies, so I get it. My situation is fairly unique.
 
2021-06-13 11:32:53 AM  

i_dig_chicks: No better cocktail the a Manhattan.  Don't even @ me bro about it.


I was liking Manhattans before it was cool. Now I'm really into Brooklyns. You've probably never heard of them.
 
2021-06-13 11:33:46 AM  

tintar: melfunction: Bored bartenders have all read the label. There is no angostura bark in the bitters because of a drug in in the bark of the South American Angostura tree.. Active drugs in herbs are bitter and often good for the appetite and digestion but most bitters have had any active drugs removed. The Underberg label says this is not a beverage and Frenet-Brance tastes like dirt. Averna tastes like Coca-Cola with no sweetener which is very nice after a meal.

was going to mention Underberg earlier, but wasn't sure if anyone would recognize it. funny thing, you're right about the label - Amazon sells it without restriction or anything, literally anyone of any age could buy it - and the stuff is farking 44%ABV. it's also pricey-AF, yet I've bought entire cases of it more than once, lol.

Fernet-Branca, is, yeah, more than a bit harsh, but I don't mind having a small glass after dinner every now and then.


It's also good in some cocktails.
 
2021-06-13 2:04:56 PM  

CivilizedTiger: Mikey1969: Well, that's weird. I came across an article on this last week, totally out of nowhere.

On Reddit?


No, an actual article. I think it was one of the 'You Might Also Enjoy" links at the bottom.

I don't do Reddit.
 
2021-06-13 3:49:39 PM  

robodog: fasahd: It's a cute story you can tell in a bar, a better question is, why is it more expensive than even cheap liquor per Oz?

Because it's grain neutral spirit with a crap load of expensive botanicals in it. I don't know if you cook much but herbs and spices are really freaking expensive. Frankly if you were to try to make bitters at home they'd be OMG expensive and would make even Fee Brothers seem cheap. Still even though I use them much more heavily than most they're a tiny part of the total cocktails price but a vital part of the final product, I might go through $60 in bitters a year but nearly $1,000 in whisk(e)y to make the cocktails.


I have a copy of Imbibe by David Wondrich and it has recipes for several popular bitters from the late 1800s. They use a number of dried botanicals that you have to special order online, take several weeks to make, and are made in 1/2 gallon quantities at a minimum. You're better off buying a bottle.
 
2021-06-13 4:35:03 PM  
Back in my early teens, I took to adding several drops of Angostura into ginger ale on the rocks. I liked the way it tempered the sweetness. And I liked the color.
 
2021-06-13 4:47:26 PM  

eyeq360: robodog: fasahd: It's a cute story you can tell in a bar, a better question is, why is it more expensive than even cheap liquor per Oz?

Because it's grain neutral spirit with a crap load of expensive botanicals in it. I don't know if you cook much but herbs and spices are really freaking expensive. Frankly if you were to try to make bitters at home they'd be OMG expensive and would make even Fee Brothers seem cheap. Still even though I use them much more heavily than most they're a tiny part of the total cocktails price but a vital part of the final product, I might go through $60 in bitters a year but nearly $1,000 in whisk(e)y to make the cocktails.

I have a copy of Imbibe by David Wondrich and it has recipes for several popular bitters from the late 1800s. They use a number of dried botanicals that you have to special order online, take several weeks to make, and are made in 1/2 gallon quantities at a minimum. You're better off buying a bottle.


Yeah. I've made bitters a few times, and while I like doing it because I just enjoy DIY food projects, the truth is it takes so long to go through a batch (bitters being used in such small amounts) that it doesn't really make a lot of sense to make their own bitters. The resulting bitters can be great, but they aren't appreciably better than commercially available bitters. Maybe if you have a very specific flavor profile you want to achieve. Then you might want to try it.
 
2021-06-13 7:08:26 PM  
I actually know the story: Two brothers who ran the company each took a project: one bought the bottles, the other bought the labels.

When they saw what the other had done, they just shrugged and used them.
 
2021-06-13 7:52:31 PM  
Really, no one?  It catches the inevitable drips due to it having a dasher top.

/ Manhattan's Daily
// Usually not just one.
 
2021-06-13 11:57:17 PM  

Demetrius: sinko swimo: Demetrius: "Everything on stage should be larger than in real life."

bingo. very well put. Worcestshire Sauce, same way. it's farking magical.

It's from the liner notes on "Stop Making Sense" where David Byrne wore the ridiculously oversized suit on stage.


When you press caps lock then hold shift for the first letter :
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comView Full Size
 
Displayed 44 of 44 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.