How to Layer a Cocktail - Bitter Bike

In this second episode on how to layer a cocktail, Jamie demonstrates the Bitter Bike. With a heavy amount of Angostura Bitters, this drink is an unusually delicious way to end the evening.

1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 1/2 oz creme yvette 1/2 oz Angostura Bitters


Layer the ingredients in order into a shot or aperitif glass


Thomas 11 Jan 2011
6:19 pm

Is Creme de Violette a reasonable substitute for Creme Yvette?  The latter is hard to come by in the South. Actually they both are, but I do have some Violette.

blair frodelius 12 Jan 2011
8:03 am


I’m lucky enough to have Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette, Pages Parfait Amour, Robert Cooper’s Creme Yvette and Marie Brizard Parfait Amour.  They all are similar in their violet floral aspects, but vary greatly in terms of sweetness and richness of flavor.  You might want to order some of these through Drinkupny(dot)com.


Blair Frodelius

blair frodelius 12 Jan 2011
8:05 am

One of my favorite bitter heavy cocktails (not layered) is the Calvados Cocktail.

1.5 oz calvados
1.5 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
0.75 oz cointreau
0.75 oz orange bitters

Shake, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice.

Small Screen Colin 12 Jan 2011
8:10 am


I hold heartedly agree! Robert made a wonderful Calvados Cocktail a while back. You can watch it being made here:

Cheers and Thank you for watching!

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