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Angostura bitters

plural noun
trademark a bitter aromatic tonic made from gentian and various spices and vegetable colourings, used as a flavouring in alcoholic drinks
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  • "I wonder if angostura bitters really go with whisky," said the Professor, toying with the neck of the bottle.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • One teaspoonful of sifted sugar, ten drops of angostura bitters, a small slice of pine-apple, and a shred of lemon peel.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Then six drops of angostura bitters, a wine-glassful of sherry, and half a wine-glassful of brandy.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Ten drops of angostura bitters, one wine-glassful of gin, ten drops of curaoa, one shred of lemon peel.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Put into a small tumbler ten drops of angostura bitters, and one wine-glassful of Scotch whisky.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
Contemporary definitions for angostura bitters
plural noun

a trademark for a highly concentrated food and beverage flavoring made from a secret formula of herbs and spices


Angostura bitters were developed in 1824 by Dr. J. Siegert, who intended them for use as a tonic to treat fatigue and stomach ailments.

Word Origin

1824; from Angostura, Venezuela

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