Because why not? Making a restaurant booking is easy. Creating the perfect evening yourself is something special and is sure to score you a few extra points!
The beautiful thing about Angostura aromatic bitters is that it adds an extra depth of flavour with just a few dashes, whether you’re using it in cocktails or in the kitchen. Not surprisingly, you can play ingredients off each other in savoury dishes and desserts exactly as you would in a drink. This year we’re putting a twist on a couple of classic bitter recipes…
The Perfect Serve
Welcome your better half with a drink so divine you’ll be getting starry eyes from them for days.
For her – a Rosé Champagne Cocktail
Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne glass and soak in 2 – 3 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters. Fill the glass with a chilled Brut Rosé MCC and pop in a maraschino cherry.
For him – a Monkey Shoulder Cherry Manhattan
In a shaker with lots of chunky ice add 2 parts Monkey Shoulder Whisky, 1-part Sweet Vermouth, ½ part orange-flavoured liqueur and 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters. Stir gently with a long teaspoon until the shaker feels cold. Then strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Blow their socks off with Lemon Garlic Prawns
Combine ⅓ cup olive oil, the grated peel of one large lemon, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup chopped parsley, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon hot sauce and 1 tablespoon Angostura aromatic bitters. Peel and devein prawns leaving the tails on. Then add the prawns to the marinade and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate of 1½ hours. Drain prawns and thread on skewers. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with your choice of zesty sauce or none at all.
Enter the Entrée
Everyone loves a good homemade (Fiesta) Burger. Give it a twist with a few dashes of bitters.
Place ±500g lean ground beef in a medium-size bowl. In a small bowl stir together ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon chilli powder, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon oreganum and ½ teaspoon salt. Then stir in ½ cup finely chopped onion and 3 puréed garlic cloves. Sprinkle these mixed ingredients over the meat in two batches, cutting into the meat with the side of a large spoon. Whisk together egg and Angostura aromatic bitters and drizzle over the meat, once again cutting it in with a spoon. Form the meat into balls, squash into patties and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake for 16-18 minutes at 200°C.
You know how to do the rest – buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, mushrooms, cheese, chilli, pineapple, avo… whatever your – and your loved ones – heart/s desire.
Seal the Deal
Forget chocolate sauce and ice-cream, try this Angostura Bitters Mousse. They’ll melt at the sight of it!
Whisk 2 egg yolks and ½ tablespoon of Angostura aromatic bitters together and set aside. Whisk the cream until thick peaks form and place in the fridge. Then melt 150g white or milk chocolate. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the melted chocolate and then fold in the cream.
Make sure you do this one the day before because it will need to be refrigerated overnight.
Deliciously quick and easy, it will be your best Valentine’s Day yet.
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