Bittermens Orange Cream Bitters

Bittermens Orange Cream Bitters


Herbal Bitters & Liqueurs
Alcohol Content 44% vol

Availability: 4 in stock


For years, the folks at Bittermen have been asked when we they were going to start making an orange bitters. Bittermen thought was that there are already so many orange bitters out there that it really didn’t make sense to create another one.

But… the idea of doing something with orange was still looming in thier collective consciousness.

We’ve all really been less than satisfied with the orange bitters that are generally available, as so many orange bitters have burnt caramel in their base, giving them a very dark flavor. When we think of what an orange should taste like, we want something more like orange juice. Honestly, at home when we want orange bitters, we just use an orange twist paired with a complimentary bitter.

Maybe the answer wasn’t to do an orange bitter at all, but to do something orange that would pair with bitters in a cocktail.

Instead of thinking about bitters, Bittermen started to explore the syrups and preparations used in soda shops, focusing on cream sodas and phosphates. Riffing on an orange cream soda syrup, they created a concentrated orange cream tincture and modified it with a heavy dose of citric acid (instead of using phosphoric acid like the soda jerks used to use). The result? The Orange Cream Citrate. Sweet, sour, tart and creamy, but not bitter by any sense.

So, please don’t call this Orange Bitters. If anything, it’s Bitterman’s orange anti-bitter.

Formulation Date: 2011

For The Love Of The Negroni
The Bittermens preferred way to make a Negroni, perfected by Avery Glasser as part of the opening menu at Amor y Amargo (NYC).

1 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz Campari
1oz Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate

Shake well with cracked ice
Strain into glass over cubed ice
Garnish with a twist of orange peel

Additional information

Weight .5 oz
Dimensions 4 × 2 × 2 in