Between the worldwide adoption of all things aperitivo and the ascent of rule-breaking cocktails that exchange the dasher bottle for a jigger, it’s safe to say that bitter has taken over. But even if you’re not downing Angostura shots, the spectrum of bitter drinks still has something for you. Here’s how to dive in: Consider the lighter Rome With a View or tropical Bitter Mai Tai as a gateway before proceeding to bracing digestifs. And, if you dare, the extra-austere Campari Shakerato and Gunshop Fizz are just a few ingredients—and in the case of the latter, 2 ounces of Peychaud’s—away.
Ready to discover your next favorite cocktail? See where yours lies on our Bitter Cocktail Matrix, and find all of our top bitter recipes below.