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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Treasure Hunt

Angostura Bitters

The bitters are back. Everyone's favorite Trinidadian and Tobagonian product-- Angostura Aromatic Bitters -- is returning to Moscow shelves after a prolonged absence.

Originally created in 1824 by the German Dr. Johann Siegert in the town of Angostura, Venezuela, as a cure-all for stomach ailments, it has proved to become more popular as a flavor enhancer used in cocktails and mixed drinks. First exported to Britain via Trinidad in 1830, it was later exhibited in London in 1862, Paris in 1867 and Vienna in 1873. The Siegert family moved to Trinidad in 1875 and the bitters continued its world tour with Dr. Siegert's son Carlos, visiting the United States in 1876 and even as far a field as Australia in 1879. It has won numerous awards over the years and holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment to the Queen of England.

The exact ingredients remain a secret to this day -- although it definitely contains no angostura bark, as is found in other bitters. Angostura Bitters takes its name from its town of origin, now renamed Ciudad Bolivar. The exact recipe is reputed to be known by only five individuals.

The cult cocktail ingredient started to disappear from Moscow after the original distributor ceased its importation over a year ago. Luckily for fans of such beverages as lemon, lime and bitters and the Manhattan, Vinikom liquor importers have recently commenced importing it once again. The distinctive paper-wrapped bottles have already been spotted at Galereya Gradusov (520 rubles for 200 milliliters), and should soon start appearing in other liquor stores.

Galereya Gradusov: 5 Ul. Serpukhovsky Val, 633-0949, 952-0542, M. Tulskaya.