Got a bottle of orange bitters? Add a few dashes to these top orange bitters cocktails, from classics drinks to modern spins.

Orange bitters cocktails

Got some orange bitters? Let’s make drinks! Orange bitters are a type of cocktail bitters made with orange peel, first introduced in the 1860’s and 1870’s. They began to feature in cocktail recipes starting in the 1880’s, like in the original Dry Martini! But they fell out of favor for years and were hard to find. They had a resurgence in the 1990’s and now, there are several different brands on the market, each with their own distinct flavor.

Here are all the top orange bitters cocktails to make with a few dashes of the stuff! These drinks range from classic pre-prohibition cocktails (like the Pegu Club and Bijou) to creative ideas (like adding a few dashes to a Screwdriver or Cognac and Coke). Ready to get started?

And now…the top orange bitters cocktails!

Major brands of orange bitters

Orange bitters have a distinct citrusy flavor from orange peel, with hints of cardamom, caraway, coriander, anise, and cinnamon. There are several brands of orange bitters, each with their own flavor profiles. Here are the top brands:

  • Regan’s Orange Bitters was introduced in the 1990’s, distributed by the Sazerac Company.
  • Angostura Orange is produced by the same company that makes Angostura bitters. It has the strongest orange scent.
  • The Bitter Truth orange bitters are complex and spicy, with strong notes of cinnamon and cloves.
  • Fee Brothers is the fruitiest and sweetest of the orange bitters brands.
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Pegu Club Cocktail

Top Orange Bitters Cocktails: Pegu Club & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The Pegu Club cocktail is a classic 1920’s gin cocktail that’s like none other! It’s boozy and sophisticated, with a citrusy herbal finish.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces* gin
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (triple sec, Cointreau, or clear orange curacao)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 dash angostura and 1 dash orange bitters
  • For the garnish: lime wedge

Instructions

  1. Place the gin, orange liqueur, lime juice, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls of ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Orange bitters cocktails

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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