Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail Recipes

These Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail Recipes are smooth, boozy and flavorful. The aromatics of the black walnut bitters and the orange peel added to the strong liquors make these craft cocktails 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 made with black walnut bitters. I couldn’t wait to go home make similar Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail Recipes! This is less expensive than always drinking at a bar not to mention fun!

What are Bitters?

Bitters are made from aromatic botanicals, like herbs, roots, bark, and sometimes fruits or vegetables. They are infused into a flavorless alcohol base. This results in a very strong and potent liquid. Bitters are like the seasoning of a cocktail. They bring out the other flavors in the drink or add additional flavor based on the type of bitter being used. Sometimes bitters even have medicinal qualities.

Make sure you have the right tools.

Being a home bartender can be so much fun…if you have the right tools. You don’t have to break the bank and you don’t have to own EVERY tools you’ve ever seen at a bar. BUT, if you want good cocktails, you need the right tools. Check out my post on Home Bar Tool Essentials for a complete list.

Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail 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
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail recipe, craft cocktail, gin cocktail recipe, walnut bitters recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • mixing glass
  • measuring jigger
  • cocktail strainer
  • bartenders spoon (or a long spoon for stirring)
  • lowball cocktail glass
  • garnish peeler (vegetable peeler)

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 (with little to no pith), twist over glass to release some of the oils and place the orange peel on top of the ice cube.
  • Slice off a piece of orange peel (with little to no pith), twist over glass to release some of the oils and place the orange peel on top of the ice cube.

Notes

  • Make sure you stir your cocktail long enough for it to be nice and cold. Once you think it’s been long enough, stir it for a few more seconds to be sure!

Black Walnut Bitters Cocktail 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
Cuisine American
Keyword balck walnut old fashioned, black walnut bitters recipe, cocktail recipe, craft cocktail, whiskey, whiskey cocktail recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail stirring glass with strainer
  • 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.
  • 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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Black walnut cocktail ingredients with gin

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