The bitters adds an extra level off flavour, with additional hints of almond, amaretti and a touch of cinnamon, as well as other fruit and spices, somewhat reminiscent of simmnel or fruit cake. It matches well with the Martini Rosso and the Wild Turkey Rye – quite excellent.
There’s quite an autumnal or wintry feel from the sweet spices in this cocktail. It’s a little reminiscent of gingerbread or mincemeat, but not in a sweet way. The Sloane’s Gin worked well and both Mrs. B and I really liked this, thinking it quite Christmas-y.
#3 Swan Cocktail
Unusual flavours, quite dry and a touch of anise. Bitter add an extra complexity and the vanilla note went well with the pastis. Bracing and rousing for the appetite.
#4 Old Fashioned
Absolutely lovely. A hint of smokiness comes through. It’s a little lighter and creamier than the same drink made using Angostura. A caution would be to not put too much sugar in, but, really, this drink is just great.
A pale yellow colour, and clean and crisp; the middle has a touch of smokiness and then there’s some cloves and Christmas spice on the finish. The bitters works well with Sloane’s Gin, making a drink with a long finish.
#6) Pink Gin
More fragrant than most Pink Gins, but the cinnamon/sweet spice notes that you get when using angostura is still present, so there is still an element of familiarity. There’s a huge amount of flavour and it it works very nicely with the Sloane’s Dry gin.
In a similar way to Boker’s, I am very glad that Abbott’s Bitters has been resurrected; to my mind it is a sweeter, lighter and more confectionery type of bitters and, as such, has its own niche to carve out. I see some really great potential uses in Autumnal or Winter cocktails.
Our favourite drinks were; Martinez, Manhattan and Old Fashioned.