Historically, a cocktail is defined as a drink made with spirits, sugar, water and bitters. No juices, no egg whites, no muddled fruit. If that definition seems limiting, think again. Thanks to the proliferation of craft spirits and bitters (check out this handy buying guide to help stock your bar with the bitters you need), the simplest cocktails can be made in a huge number of different ways.
Here, eight brilliant, ultra-simple cocktail ideas from bitters expert and author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, Brad Thomas Parsons.
Pink Gin Pink
gin is a classic cocktail first made popular by the British Royal Navy. To make it, simply coat a class with bitters and pour in chilled gin (or room temperature gin if you want to be really authentic).
Spirit & Bitters Recommendation: Plymouth gin and Angostura bitters.