Happy Friday!! Rounding out my birthweek, I wanted to pick a cocktail fit for a spring celebration! However....it appears that I'm pregnant again. Yippeee!!! This, of course, is wonderful, amazing news. Except it puts quite a damper on my cocktail lifestyle. SO...my birthweek cocktail is, in fact, a mocktail. Feel free to spike it with gin or rum or the like. You're drinking for three, after all.
I discovered Lemon, Lime & Bitters before I was pregnant, but when I was just looking for a mid-beach thirst quencher in Barbados this past winter. They're also evidently widely enjoyed in Australia, where it's a traditional refreshment after a game of golf. It is my idea of a perfect mocktail - the bitters adds such a complex flavor, which most mocktails are missing. There are many pre-bottled versions - one put out by the House of Angostura itself, a Trinidad and Tobago company, which is probably how I came to find an ice cold bottle of it at a surf shack in Barbados last January. It was cold and brightly bubbly, but with a hint of that mysteriously spicy, herbal touch that bitters bring to everything they touch.
One caveat: Angostura bitters are, in fact, alcoholic. The alcohol content on the label is actually as high as most hard liquors. But you literally use only a few drops of it, diffused into nearly a whole can of soda, so the overall alcohol content of the mixed drink is so minimal it's nearly impossible to calculate (I read over at the kitchn that a teaspoon of bitters equals about 1/10 of a glass of wine. I don't know how many drops it would take to fill a teaspoon, but it's a lot more than 4!). The bottled versions of Lemon, Lime & Bitters don't even include alcohol content on their labels at all. All that said, you have to use your own judgement, especially if you're pregnant. But bitters are a traditional home remedy for settling an upset stomach, so I found this to be a really lovely pre-dinner refreshment for those early months, when I was queasy all the time.
Find a printable recipe card here.
Whether in the middle of a beach day or mid-way through a trimester, mix yourself a fancy soda and enjoy!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)