Everybody say hello to the new kid. For blog purposes, we shall call her The Scamp. She has quickly made herself at home. The Squirt is not pleased but we're hopeful she'll come around.
Angostura bitters is a truly magical substance. I would still say a Manhattan is my favorite cocktail and it is as much for the bitters as for the rye. A bitters is a botanically infused alcoholic mixture. They were initially created for medicinal purposes. Angostura is produced in Trinidad and Tobago and was originally used to serve Bolivar's army in Venezuela. While Angostura is the most popular bitters, there are loads of others. Our friends The English Prof and the Playwright have an extensive collection.
A big part of the cocktail mixing hobby is ingredient management. There is, after all, only so much room in the liquor cabinet. I have enjoyed this exploration of Dubonnet-based drinks and I am also satisfied by the fact that I have now killed the bottle.