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Ask a Bartender: Why Are Bitters Used in So Many Cocktails?

3 days ago   |   By Vine Pair

Potent, bright, and impossibly complex, bitters are a mainstay behind bars for good reason. As prominent at dives as they are at high-end lounges, the ingredient has found its way into many of the world's most popular cocktails.
But what exactly are bitters? And why are they such an important part of mixology? For insight into these questions and more, we chatted with Neal Bodenheimer of New Orleans-based Cure. Bodenheimer gives us a rundown on the history of bitters, the dos and don'ts for using them at home, and which bitters are must-haves for anyone new to cocktail making.
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