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bit·ter

 (bĭt′ər)
adj. bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est
1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh: enveloped in bitter cold; a bitter wind.
3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear: the bitter truth; bitter sorrow.
4. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity: a bitter struggle; bitter foes.
5. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment: cried bitter tears.
6. Marked by resentment or cynicism: "He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face" (John Dos Passos).
adv.
In an intense or harsh way; bitterly: a bitter cold night.
tr.v. bit·tered, bit·ter·ing, bit·ters
To make bitter.
n.
1. That which is bitter: "all words ... / Failing to give the bitter of the sweet" (Tennyson).
2. bitters A bitter, usually alcoholic liquid made with herbs or roots and used in cocktails or as a tonic.
3. Chiefly British A sharp-tasting beer made with hops.

[Middle English, from Old English; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

bit′ter·ly adv.
bit′ter·ness n.
Synonyms: bitter, acerbic, acrid
These adjectives mean unpleasantly sharp or pungent in taste or smell: a bitter cough syrup; a cheap, acerbic wine; acrid smoke.
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bitters

(ˈbɪtəz)
pl n
1. (Brewing) bitter-tasting spirits of varying alcoholic content flavoured with plant extracts
2. (Pharmacology) a similar liquid containing a bitter-tasting substance, used as a tonic to stimulate the appetite or improve digestion
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bit•ters

(ˈbɪt ərz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. a usu. alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
2.
a. a usu. alcoholic liquid impregnated with a bitter medicine, as gentian or quassia, used to increase the appetite or as a tonic.
b. bitter medicinal substances in general, as quinine.
[1705–15]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bitters - alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
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The bar's inventive beer cocktails include the Belgian Fashioned, made with Templeton rye, 90s fruit, aromatic bitters, and Belgian candi syrup (made from Belgian candi sugar that's used in stronger Belgian beers) and the Rusty Nailed It, with Monkey Shoulder blended Scotch, Drambuie, lime and Thalia Hall pilsner (a local and exclusive brew).
Take your pick from three restorative revivers made with Old Forester bourbon, and mixed with either barley sugar and aromatic bitters; malt, ginger and honey; or fresh mint and sugar.
Add 2 parts Facundo Eximo rum, 1 part sweet vermouth and 4 dashes of aromatic bitters. Stir and strain into a glass.
As well as a Creme de Cassisfor [pounds sterling]7,there's also a Creme de Pechesfor [pounds sterling]8,as well as aromatic bitters ([pounds sterling]5) and Triple Sec,also [pounds sterling]8.
1 dash rosemary tincture 1 dash aromatic bitters 1/4 oz drycuracao 1/2 oz cinnamon syrup 1/2 oz pineapple juice 3/4 oz lemon juice 1 1/2 oz Auva Jequitiba Rosa Cachaca Shake, fine strain, and pour into a large-rocks glass with large rough-cut ice rock.
This innovative cocktail is like drinking pumpkin pie from a chilled copper mug with mix of Zaya 12-year Estate Rum, Monin Pumpkin Pie Syrup, a dash of aromatic bitters and refreshing house-made ginger beer.
Angostura's first bitters product, affectionately known as "Ango," spawned the nigh-universal aromatic bitters category.
Manhattan INGREDIENTS: 50ml bourbon whisky/rye whisky 20ml sweet vermouth 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (Angostura works well) Maraschino cherry for garnish Orange peel for garnish DIRECTIONS: Fill a Martini glass to the brim with ice so it chills while you make the Manhattan.
I make it with Disaronno, Calpis, lime, liquorice, aromatic bitters, plus rose bud.
From getting the tartness of the orange juice that goes into a Screwdriver right to not overdoing the dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters that give a drink just the right bite, it's a delicate balancing act.
The finalists had seven minutes to prepare two unique cocktail creations - one with Angostura aromatic bitters and rum, and another with Angostura aromatic bitters and the liquor of their choice.