Smoky Mole Bitters

Add some rich mole flavor to your cocktail…

If you love the taste of smoky, chocolatey Mexican mole sauce, infusing bitters with similar spices brings a unique and delicious touch to your cocktails. Mole bitters are perfect for Mexican liquors like tequila or a Mexican dark rum, or try a few drops (instead of Angostura bitters) in your Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Sazerac recipe to add a little chocolatey, smoky flavor with only a mere hint of heat.

Ancho peppers, like in mole sauce, are the primary chili pepper in the recipe. There’s only the mildest of heat in this pepper (especially when infused), so the bitters are certainly more sizzle than sweat.

mole bitters

Mole Bitters

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  • Heat a pot of water to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Cut the stems off the ancho peppers, then slice the chilies open lengthwise. Remove the seeds from the interior, then roughly chop the anchos. 
  • Place all ingredients in a one quart mason jar, then seal the jar airtight.
    Combine all of the ingredients in a sous vide bag or Mason jar then seal. Infuse in the water bath for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Place the mason jar in the hot water. Leave it there for 3 hours.
  • Fill a large mixing bowl with water and ice, leaving some room (about 3/4 filled). 
  • Remove the mason jar from the hot water and place in the ice water. Allow the mason jar to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the jar from the ice water and unseal. Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth into a clean jar or another sealable container, then seal. Store in a shaded area at room temperature.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on May 6, 2017.