Weird Bitter Shot
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Weird Bitter Shot
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.93 / 5
The Weird Bitter Shot is an intriguingly complex cocktail that combines the sweetness of sugar syrup with the herbal bitterness of Amaro, rounded off by the distinctive licorice flavor of ... more The Weird Bitter Shot is an intriguingly complex cocktail that combines the sweetness of sugar syrup with the herbal bitterness of Amaro, rounded off by the distinctive licorice flavor of aniseed liqueur. This palate-challenging concoction is typically served in a shot glass, making it a quick sip that offers a burst of contrasting flavors. Its unique composition might not cater to all tastes, but it promises an adventurous experience for those looking for something out of the ordinary in their drink selection.
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Aniseed liqueur
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21.67% | 0.65 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Weird Bitter Shot, as its name suggests, is a bold concoction of Amaro and aniseed liqueur, mellowed slightly by sugar syrup. It’s a complex, niche shot that delivers a layered experience of herbal and sweet notes, perfect for those who enjoy a spirited challenge.

Method
How to make a Weird Bitter Shot

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Use a bar spoon to create separate layers of the liquids in the shot glass
Start with a third of a shot of sugar syrup, then add a third of a shot of Fernet Branca liqueur and top up with a third of a shot of raki, then serve


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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes Amaro unique in the Weird Bitter Shot?

Amaro, a key component of the Weird Bitter Shot, is an Italian herbal liqueur that varies greatly between brands. Its uniqueness in the cocktail comes from its bitter-sweet flavor profile, herbal undertones, and ability to complement the aniseed liqueur, creating a complex, layered taste. Its versatility means the exact flavor can differ, contributing to the cocktail's distinctive character.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Weird Bitter Shot not shaken or stirred?

The Weird Bitter Shot is neither shaken nor stirred to maintain the clarity and layered density of its ingredients. Shaking or stirring could dilute the intended flavors or cause unwanted mixing that would undermine the cocktail's unique taste. The direct pour method keeps the intensity and integrity of each component intact for an optimal tasting experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Weird Bitter Shot compare to standard shots?

The Weird Bitter Shot has an alcohol content of 21.67%, which is slightly lower than some traditional straight spirits shots, which typically run about 40% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes it a good option for those seeking a less potent option without sacrificing complexity or flavor.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Weird Bitter Shot?

The best way to serve a Weird Bitter Shot is cold, in a pre-chilled shot glass. Serving it cold enhances its flavors and mellows the bitterness, creating a more enjoyable sipping experience. There's no need for garnishes or additional ingredients, as its unique flavor profile is best enjoyed as crafted.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Weird Bitter Shot for a slight variation?

Yes, customization is possible though it will change the flavor profile. For a variation, you can try substituting the aniseed liqueur with absinthe for a stronger aniseed flavor or a different type of Amaro for varying degrees of bitterness and herbal notes. Adjusting the sugar syrup quantity can also balance the drink's sweetness to your liking.

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