Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | January 7, 2010

Xeres Cocktail featuring Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters

There are plenty of times where I’m looking to have a cocktail that is as simple as they come – a spirit and some bitters. Obviously not every spirit works with this, but I’ve found it’s a good way to enjoy vermouth or sherry, especially if I’m looking for a lighter drink as an aperitif.

Here’s a recipe I recently enjoyed:

Xeres Cocktail

2.5 oz Amontillado Sherry
2 dashes Urban Moonshine Citrus Bitters

Pour sherry into a snifter filled with crushed ice. Spray bitters on top & give the mix a quick swizzle.

I was recently sent some samples of Urban Moonshine’s organic bitters collection. They make an aromatic, a citrus, and a maple variation. Each are quite good — the “Original Bitters” are an interesting variation on a classic aromatic mix, deeply complex and well suited for use with bourbon and rye. The Maple Bitters are really delightful. I’ve become a fan of using maple syrup as a sweetener on some rum and bourbon based cocktails, particularly Old Fashioneds. But adding the Maple Bitters, which have a faithful taste to the syrup we know and love, really helps elevate this flavor profile.

But as someone who has about as many variations on orange bitters as I do other bitters, it’s no surprise that Urban Moonshine’s Citrus Bitters were what most interested me. Going beyond a straight orange flavor, these bitters bring in a good mix of lime, orange, and blood orange zest. It’s not a uniform flavor like most orange bitters are, which makes it a great alternative in a classic dry Martini. In this case, however, I found it married really well with Amontillado Sherry, creating a variation on the Xeres Cocktail and making a great aperitif.

Disclosure: This post was made possible because I received a free sample of  Urban Moonshine’s organic bitters line.



  1. I love the Urban Moonshine Citrus! Is just me, or do I also detect some serious grapefruit in this stuff?

    • You know Randy, I do too, though it’s not listed in their flavor description or ingredients:

      Organic Grape Alcohol, Pure Spring Water, Org. Dandelion Root and Leaf, Org. Angelica Root, Org. Burdock Root, Org. Yellow Dock Root, Org. Gentian Root, Org. Calmus Root, Org. Orange Peel, Org. Fennel Seed, Org. Ginger Root, Org. Gum Arabic and Organic Essential Oils.
      I suppose it could be one of the essential oils, but anyway. It’s good stuff!

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