Rick, over at Kaiser Penguin, recently got a message from an American serviceman currently stationed in Afghanistan. Alcohol is strictly forbidden to our troops over there, and this leads to a special problem. He likes to add bitters to his juice or soda for flavor. Since his favorites (and ours), Angostura and Peychauds, along with virtually every other cocktail-quality bitters, come in at about 45% abv, they are against regulations over there.
He’s done what long-distance looking he can and found a few non-alcoholic bitters, but is unsure which are
hippie-trippy detoxification blends and which are proper cocktail bitters. Since I guess shipping a bottle of bitters will cost a bajillion times the bottle itself, he needs to be sure what he is getting.
Can any reader out there help out with a good, cocktail/cullinary quality bitters that is made without an alcoholic base? After all, if our fighting men and women can’t properly bitter their juice and sparkling water while on deployment, then the terrorists have already won….
Update: Welcome ONT readers! If anybody can help us our with a really good option here, you will have done a real service!