Last Updated on 12 months ago by Nicky Johnson
Bitters have been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. Today, bitters are most commonly used for their distinct flavoring in cocktails and mocktails.
If you’re looking for unique drinks that are both delicious and non-alcoholic, look no further than these six recipes, all using bitters.
When you’re finished reading, you’ll be ready to make one of these delicious creations, including delectable bitters and soda.
1 – Bombshell Bitters & Soda
Bitters and soda is a classic cocktail — one of the most popular non-alcoholic drinks around. You can make it with a regular or flavored soda and add your favorite orange bitters. To make this drink, mix two dashes of bitters into a glass filled with ice. Then, fill the rest of the glass with soda, stir, and enjoy.
2 – Fresh and Minty Mojito
This drink is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something refreshing. To make a mojito, muddle together eight mint leaves, one teaspoon of sugar (or sugar substitute), and two dashes of aromatic bitters in a tall glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, pour in 2 ounces of club soda or sparkling water, and stir until everything is combined. Garnish with a lime wedge before serving to give it that extra flavor.
3 – Classy, Tart Cosmopolitan
This classic cocktail gets its signature tartness from cranberry juice and orange liqueur. To make this drink without alcohol, mix 1 ounce each of vodka-free orange liqueur and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until it’s cold, then strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Add 3 to 4 dashes of orange bitters, then garnish with an orange twist before serving.
4 – Maple Old Fashioned
This drink swaps traditional whiskey for sweet maple syrup for a unique spin on the classic Old Fashioned. Start by adding two teaspoons of maple syrup to a rocks glass filled with ice cubes, then add two dashes each of aromatic and orange bitters. Next, top off the glass with club soda or sparkling water, then stir until everything is combined before garnishing with an orange wedge!
5 – Mouthwatering Mai Tai
This fruity mocktail combines pineapple juice and grenadine for sweetness, while lime adds tartness and enough acidity to balance the flavors. Combine all ingredients—2 ounces pineapple juice, 1/2 ounce grenadine, one teaspoon lime juice, and three dashes of aromatic bitters—in a shaker filled with ice, then shake until chilled before straining into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes! Finish it by garnishing with fresh fruit like pineapple wedges or cherries before serving!
6 – No-Nonsense Negroni
This Italian classic doesn’t require any alcohol at all to be delicious! To make this mocktail version combine 3 ounces of New Orleans-style bitters and 1 ounce of sweet vermouth (or white grape juice) in an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice cubes along with 2 to 3 dashes of aromatic bitters. Then garnish it by squeezing half an orange over the top before dropping it into the finished cocktail!
Wrap-Up: Try A Delicious New Mocktail
Bitters can be used in so many ways beyond cocktails — they are great additions to dressings or sauces too! And when making drinks without alcohol, don’t forget to add exciting flavors like these six recipes using bitters and other non-alcoholic spirits like shrubs or cordials to your creations — you won’t be disappointed. So next time, try out these recipes using bitters – you won’t regret it.