Orange bitters

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Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters

Orange bitters is a form of bitters, a cocktail flavoring made from the peels of Seville oranges, cardamom, caraway seed, coriander and burnt sugar in an alcohol base. Orange bitters, which are not to be confused with standard Angostura bitters, are currently enjoying a resurgence among cocktail enthusiasts.[1]

For many years, it was difficult to find orange bitters in the United States and elsewhere.[citation needed] Because of this, some cocktail recipes which traditionally contained orange bitters may now exclude that ingredient.

Renowned mixologist Gary Regan created Regan's Orange Bitters in the 1990s.[2] Regan's are bottled and sold by the Sazerac Company, whose CEO, Mark Brown, had worked with Regan to create a modern version of these bitters. Since 2006 The Bitter Truth in Germany has produced all natural orange bitters and there are now a number of different brands on the market, including Angostura Orange Bitters.[2]


  1. ^ Perry, C. (2006). "A revival of bitters? Sweeeet!", Los Angeles Times, 2006-01-25, p. F-8. Retrieved on 2009-02-08.
  2. ^ a b Brad Thomas Parsons (2011). Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmon. ISBN 9781607740728. Retrieved 14 March 2017.