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Bloomberg News has just reported that the U.K. government is seeking to abolish the tax relief on Angostura Bitters, an often used ingredient in the Old Fashioned.
The main ingredients in the Old Fashioned are:
- 1 shot rye
- half-slice of orange
- 1 tsp sugar (or simple syrup)
- Angostura bitters
Angostura Bitters is a blend of herbs and spices made by Trinidad-based Angostura Ltd. that to date has been exempt from U.K. import duty.
If the measure passes it could add as much as 2.28 pounds ($3.74) to the price of a single bottle.
Is drinking like Don Draper going to still be worth it? If you have a good alternative ingredient let us know!