Released in the summer of 2011, Aphrodite Bitters epitomise everything that the Dr. Adam Elmegirab's brand is about; through a modern understanding of flavour I pay homage to the historical usage of bitters and reinterpret them in a way never seen before.
Taking their name from the Greek goddess of sexuality and love, Aphrodite Bitters pay tribute to the original medicinal usage of bitters, with the botanicals selected for this bottling having been chosen for their alleged aphrodisiac qualities, aphrodisiacs being substances that are believed to increase sexual desire. These bitters are compounded to create a complex profile focused on the sensuous flavours of coffee and cacao, supported by an array of botanicals which play off and enhance one another making for an end product that is as intricate as it is versatile.
Nose: Burnt cacao, anise, vanilla and cinnamon on the nose.
Taste: Creamy texture capturing fresh roasted espresso, bitter dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, rum & raisin truffles, vanilla and a soft spicy kick throughout.
Finish: Long wood-spiced bitter finish with a soft kick of chilli.
Aged rum, bourbon, genever, rye whiskey, mezcal, fortified wines, amari, sweet sherry, eggs, cream, caramel, pineapple, cinnamon, chicory, ginger beer, banana, mint, beetroot...
Shake all ingredients with cubed ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupette glass and garnish with a wheel of fresh lime dropped into the drink.
Created at The Pinewood in Atlanta (GA)