Serious Eats: Recipes
Little more than a flavor-packed waiting game, bitters are a great introduction to the DIY bartender's arsenal, and aromatic bitters are easily the most versatile of the bunch, mixing well with everything from brown spirits to tequila to gin.
These Krangostura Bitters, a loose play on the quintessential Angostura brand, are brimming with clove and cardamom and supported by a backbone of gentian root and cinchona bark. Try them in your next Manhattan or Old Fashioned and branch out from there.
Note: This recipe yields more than most home bartenders will really need. Luckily, bitters make great gifts.