ISTRA BITTER APERITIF
Ruby red, in an elegant bottle of retro charm. Istra Bitter Aperitif exudes sensuality, which is the basic element of this herbal liqueur with an accented orange flavor, defending its position on the market for seventy years. It tastes both bitter and sweet at the same time. Tart yet fetching.
“Ripe red cherry flavours bring sweetness with a touch of spice, balanced beautifully with some well-integrated bitterness, leaving an elegant finish.”
IWSC 2020, 92 points
DECADES OF TRADITION
Certainly, one of the oldest products in our range is Istra Bitter. It has been produced since 1952, and it was created just as its name suggests, in Istria.
The main element of Istra Bitter is easily recognized with the first pour – juicy orange. A Bitter with intense orange flavor is great for preparing classics like Negroni, Americano or Bitter Spritz.
HOW AND WHEN TO ENJOY ISTRA BITTER APERITIF
You can enjoy it simply over ice but it is also suitable for cocktails. It is consumed on special occasions and special can be any day if we make it so.
In combination with sparkling wine, Istra Bitter highlights its glamorous feel and becomes Bitter Royal. It is served, of course, in a narrow stem glass – a champagne glass, with the addition of orange slice. If you want a cleaner and lighter taste, it is enough to add ice, a splash of soda water and a slice of orange to Istra Bitter.
The most delicious recipes with Istra Bitter are also the simplest – just follow two basic rules.
Use 3:2:1 ratio for the more complex Bitter Royal with crushed ice (90 ml Prosecco + 60 ml Istra Bitter + 30 ml soda water) or a ratio of 2:1 for a quick and tasty cocktail with full ice cubes (120 ml of orange juice or soda water + 60 ml Istra Bitter).
NUMEROUS AWARDS FOR ISTRA BITTER APERITIF
The quality of Istra Bitter is confirmed by numerous awards for liqueurs at home and abroad. One of our favorites is the gold medal for exceptional quality won on Leipziger Herbstmesse in 1965, then the Grand Champion of liqueurs at Dionisiana in 2009, and one of the youngest is a silver medal with 92 out of 100 points won in 2020 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.