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Bottoms Up!: The Bitters Quiz
by Staff
Made from roots, herbs and fruit soaked in alcohol, these potent concoctions reveal subtle flavors hiding in your favorite libations. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this often underused bartending tool.

What quirky feature makes the Angostura bitters bottle instantly recognizable?

  • oversized label
  • bright blue hue
  • extreme size

What were bitters originally advertised as?

  • hair remover
  • rust remover
  • medicinal tonics

What drink is made by adding a dash of bitters to a cocktail of whiskey and vermouth?

  • martini
  • sidecar
  • Manhattan

The Sazerac serves as the official cocktail of this southern city.

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • New Orleans

What is Angostura named for?

  • a town in Venezuela
  • a type of tree bark
  • its creator

Where did the famous Peychaud's bitters originate?

  • France
  • England
  • New Orleans

Which liquor serves as the base for the Pegu cocktail?

  • vodka
  • brandy
  • gin

What flavor do sarsaparilla bitters lend to a cocktail?

  • root beer
  • cherry
  • almond

This bitter root lends a woodsy tang when added to a beverage.

  • angel leaf
  • wild anise
  • devil's club root

Fernet, a type of bitters consumed as an aperitif, serves as one of the most popular form of bitters in this country.

  • Mexico
  • Ireland
  • Argentina

Which of the following is NOT used to make an Old Fashioned?

  • whiskey
  • sugar
  • vermouth

What root is found in both Peychaud's and Angostura bitters?

  • ginger root
  • gentian root
  • sarsaparilla

What name is used to describe bitters meant to be consumed as an appetizer-of-sorts before a meal?

  • digestif
  • motif
  • aperitif

Angostura made its first major change in 200 years when it introduced this flavor in 2007.

  • chocolate
  • celery
  • orange

While Angostura has a spicy, earthy flavor, Peychaud's offers a hard-to-miss zing of this spice.

  • coffee
  • chocolate
  • anise

What aperitif bitter features in a Vesper martini?

  • Campari
  • Negroni
  • Lillet

What cocktail would you create if you add Campari to vermouth?

  • Sazerac
  • Old Fashioned
  • Americano

Which of the following best describes the flavor of cassia chips, a common ingredient used to make bitters?

  • cinnamon
  • pomegranate
  • licorice

When the martini was first created, it was common to add a dash of orange bitters to the drink.

  • 1
  • 0

What drink do you get when you mix gin, vermouth and Campari bitters?

  • Sazerac
  • Negroni
  • dry martini