Want to add a new twist to an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or other cocktail? Tired of using Angostura in every cocktail you make? Interested in getting a new twist on a classic cocktail? Using maple bitters instead of traditional aromatic bitters (such as Angostura) may be just what you need. These bitters provide a nice hint of maple and spice to any cocktail and provide a new spin on classic cocktail recipes. Very simple to make once you procure the ingredients (all of which can be purchased at fine grocery stores or from any number of online herbal vendors).
**Note: The ingredient list calls for Grade B maple syrup. Grade B maple syrup is not indicative of lower quality. Rather, maple syrup grading is tied to the color of the syrup. Grade A indicates a lighter, thinner syrup that tends to have weaker maple flavoring. Grade B indicates a darker, thicker syrup with stronger maple flavoring. Grade A syrup is great for pancakes, but generally not as good for cooking something where you want the maple flavor to shine through. That’s why most recipes where maple syrup is an ingredient call for Grade B. Also, make sure you are using real maple syrup, not the imitation stuff from the grocery store (e.g., Mrs. Butterworth, Aunt Jemima, Hungry Jack, Log Cabin); the label should say something like “100% pure maple syrup”.