Cocktail Hour: The Bitter Truth E**X**R

Recently, I received an adorable little bottle from The Bitter Truth, a German company that makes all kinds of cocktail bitters and liqueurs.  The kind they sent me was The Bitter Truth E**X**R, an Amaro herbal liqueur.  I had never even heard of such a thing, so I was super excited to give it a shot! 

I had no idea what to do with this liqueur, as I had no idea what an Amaro herbal liqueur even was, so I immediately went to The Bitter Truth’s website to see what they suggested.  First, I read about E**X**R.  Here’s how they described it: “The Bitter Truth – E**X**R is a herbal liqueur that blurs the lines of conventional wisdom. Firmly rooted in the traditions of both classic sweet vermouths and alpine digestive tonics. Enjoy E**X**R in a pre-dinner Manhattan or Negroni or enjoy it neat after a rich meal to aid digestion. It’s as delicate as the finest vermouths with an alcohol content that allows it to defy oxidation and the need for refrigeration. It’s thoroughly intriguing and the most astounding new addition to the cocktailian arsenal.

Sounds interesting, eh?  I never even knew booze could aid digestion.  Even more reason to drink it, right?  After reading about E**X**R, I found a recipe that sounded quick, easy, and tasty!  Here it is:

-50 ml (about 1 3/4 oz.) The Bitter Truth – E**X**R
-splash fresh lime juice
-ginger ale

The instructions?  As simple as can be: “Build in longdrink glass on ice & stir.” So I did just that!

I was taken aback by the liqueur at first.  It was brown, murky, and a little bit nasty looking.  It didn’t smell like a bed of roses either.  The resulting cocktail looked like a frothy glass of Coke.

When I took my first sip, though, I was very pleasantly surprised. It didn’t just LOOK like a glass of Coke, it also TASTED like a glass of Coke.  It was sweet, but not syrupy or sickly sweet.  It was very refreshing and it had an interesting herbal aftertaste.  My two roommates both enjoyed it, too, but we all agreed that it probably wasn’t something everyone would love.

What I liked about it was that it was an interesting blend of sweet and herbal.  I think it would add a unique and complex flavor to many different kinds of cocktails, and I would definitely like to try it again in another form.

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