Bitters

Bitters are cocktail flavorings made from aromatic herbs and fruits, added to drinks in "dashes." It's possible to make your own bitters, though it's quite a long process and requires offbeat ingredients like cinchona bark and gentian root. If you're pressed for time (or resources), we recommend buying bitters and using them to craft your own delicious cocktails. A dash of orange bitters does wonders for a simple blueberry margarita, and celery bitters add a surprising twist to this whiskey cocktail. Whether you're a seasoned bartender or an aspiring mixologist, check out F&W's guide to bitters for tried and tested recipes.

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A Sichuan Spin on the Classic Negroni

At Jing Bar in Chengdu, this spiced-up version of the classic Italian aperitivo cocktail pairs perfectly with regional cuisine.

Rock 'n' Rolla

"I love this drink because it is immensely accessible and easy to make," says Bay Area bartender Chris Lane. "Really it's just a bourbon sour with a little flourish of spice and apple." Lane's inspiration for the drink: a local biodynamic apple cider.Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail RecipesThis recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.

The Doubting Duck

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Washington, DC, bartender Derek Brown calls The Doubting Duck his ideal aperitif because while it's low-proof, it's also amazingly complex. He loves the manzanilla sherry's savory edge, which makes the drink incredibly food-friendly.Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail RecipesThis recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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This DIY Bitters Kit Will Immediately Up Your Bartending Cred

You’ve mastered home-brewed IPA, and have infused gin with every herb you can find. What comes next for the budding amateur mixologist? DIY bitters—and one company just created the perfect starter pack.