Bitter ingredients are all the rage in cocktails these days, whether they’re balanced with sparkling wine in a spritz, adding a bitter backbone to a Negroni variation, or just contributing an intriguingly bitter edge to a mixologist’s cocktail creation. So it’s no surprise that more and more pleasingly bitter bottles are entering the market. Most recently? It’s Luxardo Bitter Bianco, the first white Italian bitter sold in the States.
While most bitter liqueurs are dark in hue, Luxardo creates a clear product from a distilled infusion of bitter herbs and ingredients — including rhubarb, thyme and bitter orange. Up at 60 proof, it’s got a bit of power behind it, balanced by a smooth sweetness against the array of bitter-herbal flavors. Chartreuse fans will dig it, amari fans will be intrigued; even gin fans should try it out. In cocktails, the Bitter Bianco slides in seamlessly, without necessarily dominating. Give it a try in these three original creations.
Easy: Bitter Bianco Manhattan