Black Walnut Bitters Recipes

These Black Walnut Bitters Recipes are smooth, boozy and flavorful. The aromatics of the black walnut bitters and the orange peel added to the strong liquors make these drinks sippers to be enjoyed by the fire or after a delicious meal.

a dark black walnut cocktail with an orange garnish next to a snifter
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I love to go to restaurants to see what’s on the cocktail menu. After sampling, I go home and try to make my own version. I recently had a drink at a local restaurant with black walnut bitters in it. I couldn’t wait to go home make similar black walnut bitters recipes! This is less expensive than always drinking at a bar not to mention fun! Some bartenders will even offer tips and show you how they make the drink. Always be respectful and tip your bartender!

Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail Recipe with Gin

This first black walnut bitters cocktail recipe is called the Black Walnut Social and it reminds me a little of a Negroni. I made this with a bourbon barrel gin from Captive Spirits I received as a gift, but you could use an Old Tom gin as well. It’s a little spicy and dark, so it’s a perfect pairing with the black walnut bitters. Be careful, it’s boozy but so smooth and delicious it’s easy to drink quickly! It’s great for sipping by the fire, entertaining friends or ending your day after the kids go to bed.

gin cocktail with orange peel garnish
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Black Walnut Social

The Black Walnut Social Gin Cocktail is a craft cocktail that is dark and smooth with a touch of walnut bitters that adds the perfect aroma and depth.
Course Drinks
Keyword craft cocktail, gin cocktail recipe, walnut bitters recipe
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin (preferably barrel-aged or old tom)
  • 1 oz Cardamaro Amaro or your favorite herbal liquor
  • 3-4 dashes black walnut bitters
  • orange peel garnish (for aromatics and style)
  • large ice cube

Instructions

  • Prepare low ball glass with a large ice cube. Measure all ingredients into a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir in circles for about 20-30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Slice off the orange peel, twist over glass to release some of the oils and place the orange peel on top of the ice cube.

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Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail Recipe with Whiskey

The second black walnut bitters cocktail recipe has whiskey in it. I am partial to Rye Whiskeys but you can use whatever type you like. Similar to an Old Fashioned, all you need is a great whiskey, bitters and a dash of sweetener to make an easy and satisfying drink.

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Black Walnut Old Fashioned

An easy cocktail with whiskey, black walnut bitters and a touch of sweetness.
Course Drinks
Keyword balck walnut old fashioned, black walnut bitters recipe, craft cocktail, whiskey cocktail recipe

Equipment

  • cocktail stirring glass
  • bartenders spoon
  • jigger
  • peeler for garnish

Ingredients

  • 2 oz whiskey (I used a Rye Whiskey for this one)
  • 3-4 dashes black walnut bitters
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • orange peel (for aromatics and garnish)
  • large ice cube

Instructions

  • Prepare low ball glass with a large ice cube. Add whiskey, bitters and sugar to mixing glass filled with ice and stir for 20-30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Slice off the orange peel, twist over glass to release some of the oils and place the orange peel on top of the ice cube.

Notes

  • You could also try maple syrup for a sweetener for another layer of flavor and depth.

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photo of the ingredients for a black walnut bitters cocktail recipe

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