Since picking up a bottle of orange bitters from German company The Bitter Truth, I’ve been putting a few drops in pretty much every cocktail I make, and liking the results. Like all bitters, they bring an element of balance to the cocktail, but I’m really digging the hint of orange peel, cardamom, and caraway they sneak into the background of the drink. I still want to pick up two more Bitter Truth products: the celery bitters and “Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters,” based on the famed 19th-century bartender’s recipe. They are on the pricey side, but if you’re having fun nerding out on making cocktails at home, they’re fun to play with.
These bitters are not widely available yet in the U.S., but you can order them direct from the company’s site (you’ll need a Paypal account). Bitter Truth co-founder Stephan Berg says they are also available at DeLaurenti Specialty Food in Seattle, and Cask in San Francisco, and Boston Chowhounds report finding them at the Boston Shaker.
The Bitter Truth’s Orange Bitters, around $18 per bottle, or $14 online plus shipping from Europe.