Angostura Bitters | History | Drinks Network

Angostura Bitters | History

To understand the history of the Lemon Lime and Bitters drink we need to go back to the early 1800’s…

Angostura Bitters with its easily recognisable label was sold to sailors in the region and soon found its way to England where it came to be used in a number of cocktails, following its medicinal use by the Royal Navy in a drink called Pink Gin.

Pink Gin is simply a splash or two of Angostura Bitters swirled around the inside of a tumbler with a generous serve of gin added. The drink is called Pink Gin due to its pink colour created from the bitters.

The swirling of Angostura Bitters around the inside of the glass to make a Lemon Lime and Bitters came from the method for making the Pink Gin cocktail.

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