Bitter Mac
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Bitter Mac
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.51 / 5
The Bitter Mac is a sophisticated cocktail that elegantly marries the warmth of whiskey with the crispness of white vermouth, the bitterness of Amaro, and a hint of floral sweetness ... more The Bitter Mac is a sophisticated cocktail that elegantly marries the warmth of whiskey with the crispness of white vermouth, the bitterness of Amaro, and a hint of floral sweetness from elderflower liqueur. This balanced concoction is ideal for those who appreciate a cocktail with complex layers of flavor, where herbal and floral notes play off each other to create a nuanced drinking experience. Typically served in a cocktail glass, the Bitter Mac offers an intriguing blend that caters to connoisseurs of classic, spirit-forward beverages with a bittersweet edge. The lemon peel garnish adds a citrusy aroma, further enhancing the cocktail's intricate profile.
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Lemon
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28.24% | 2.77 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Bitter Mac

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel and serve

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·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute a different vermouth for white vermouth in the Bitter Mac?

Yes, you can substitute a different vermouth for white vermouth if you prefer a different flavor profile. Dry vermouth could work as a close alternative, offering a slightly drier taste. However, keep in mind that it may slightly alter the intended taste of the Bitter Mac.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish would complement the Bitter Mac cocktail?

A citrus peel, such as lemon or orange, makes an excellent garnish for the Bitter Mac. The citrus notes can enhance the cocktail's complexity by adding a fresh aroma and a hint of citrus flavor, balancing the bitterness.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a specific temperature or way to chill the Bitter Mac for optimal taste?

The Bitter Mac is best served cold, but not overly diluted. Chilling the cocktail glass before serving can maintain the intended temperature and taste. Stir the cocktail ingredients with ice to chill, and then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Bitter Mac compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 28.24%, the Bitter Mac is moderately strong compared to standard cocktails, which typically range from 15% to 30% alcohol by volume. It provides a decent kick while remaining balanced in terms of strength.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What type of food would pair well with the Bitter Mac?

The Bitter Mac, with its complex and herbal profile, pairs well with rich, savory dishes such as roasted meat, or charcuterie. The bitterness from the Amaro and the sweetness from the elderflower liqueur complement fatty and umami flavors nicely.

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