Zim Zala Bim Cocktail

Bitters heavy cocktails are catching on across the country. Some include full ounces of bitters like Angostura making for intensely aromatic experiences. The Zim Zala Bim is no exception with one quarter ounce of Regan’s Orange Bitters and delicious reposado tequila.

2 oz reposado tequila

1/4 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1/4 oz Regan’s Orange Bitters

1/4 oz rich simple syrup


stir ingredients with ice

strain into a cocktail glass

garnish with a large grapefruit zest


Jerry Orren 20 Jan 2011
1:31 pm

How important is it to use Regan’s Bitters.
I have only Fee Bros and Stirring’s on hand.

Jamie Boudreau 21 Jan 2011
9:23 am

In this drink, it is very important. Fee’s tastes like bright candied orange and Stirrings isn’t bitter at all. We need something darker and the cardamom pop of Regan’s fits the bill. Angostura orange could work as well, but one would have to pick the right tequila.

Jerry Orren 21 Jan 2011
10:31 am

Thanks, Jamie.
I’ll order some Regan’s #6. I do have a wide selection of reposados, ranging from Corzo (very mild) to Chamucos (flavorful).
Thanks so much for the reply.

David Michalowski 29 Jan 2011
2:59 pm

Sounds like a great drink. How important is the Milagro Resposado tequila? Are there specific flavors of that tequila you’re using, or will most resposado work? All these videos are great.

Jamie Boudreau 31 Jan 2011
11:24 am

The Milagro is not essential. It is important that you use a reposado that will play nicely with the bitters in hand. The range of reposados is immense, but I’ve done this drink with Partida and received beautiful results. Never use Fee’s or Stirrings in this drink.

David Michalowski 31 Jan 2011
12:31 pm

Thanks. All I had around the house was Jose Cuervo Resposado crap. (I feel like it’s almost as bland as vodka). So I cut it half with El Zacatecano Resposado mezcal and it seemed to work great.

Matthew Parks 19 Feb 2012
2:51 pm

Tried this with a cazadores resposado. 1st time by recipe. Wonderful results. 2nd time added just a drop of (important) maraschino. Found the slight nuttiness of the luxardo plays perfect with the resposado. Cazadores has a slight anise undertone so I’m curious how (literally) just a drop of absinthe may work (probably horrible) but we’ll see next time.

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