I kinda said for the New Year we would skip the cocktails and try to be healthier. Well….I mean no one is perfect. I am trying some new weekend cocktails; enjoying the thrill of mixing a new recipe and being a grown up. Angostura bitters truly add a wonderful dynamic to a yummy Friday night spirit. Now here is a cool fact; this bitters recipe was actually created to cure the stomach ailment of soldiers back in the 1800’s. So cool that it enhances drink recipes still today.
I was a little apprehensive about trying out the whole “bitters” thing. Boy was I thrilled I took the plunge. It pretty much adds a little flavor and a yummy aroma to your favorite classic beverage. I was sent a wonderful entertaining set that included champagne flutes, original bitters, orange bitters (super awesome by the way), a shaker to get the party started and some cool recipe cards. The hubby tried the bitters in his mainstay “old-fashioned” while I went right for a great Northern Lights drink that includes Angostura (Rum), syrup, lemon juice cranberry jam, Angostura Bitters and chilled champagne. This will be the signature drink at my next gathering I can tell you that much. Simply delicious! I was so excited to see that these products can also be used in food prep! This week I am for sure trying out a Marsala Mushroom Casserole and I feel like Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread is absolutely in order for the weekend! Love Love Love that we tried something new; something that really isn’t new after all but a necessity here now!