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My preferred pre-dinner drink is the Manathan, but I have difficulties finding ANGOSTURA bitters.

Is there anything else that I could use instead of it?

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Where are you looking for it and where do you live? In Atlanta, every liquor store and every grocery store would most likely stock Angostura bitters. –  yossarian Aug 13 '10 at 17:22
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I'm in Québec, Canada. Here most alcohol (except beer and some wine) is are sold in the SAQ (a government-owned corporation responsible for the trade of alcoholic beverages). Meanwhile, I found it in a grocery in the past, but we moved and I cannot find it anymore. –  DavRob60 Aug 13 '10 at 17:45
    
Go to your local Pub and ask the manager if you can buy a bottle or two. At the very least he'll tell you where he gets it from. Typical in BC is the grocery store like you already know about. Usually next to the Lime Cordial and other mixes. –  Chef Flambe Feb 29 '12 at 7:16
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You could try Peychaud's Bitters (difficult to find), Fernet-Branca, orange bitters or other types of bitters. Worcestershire sauce may also be used as a substitute but works well in savory dishes. I wouldn't recommend it for a Manhattan.

Or, if you're very ambitious you can try to make your own bitters, although the ingredient list is somewhat intimidating! Good luck!

http://spiritsandcocktails.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/how-to-make-bitters/

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While another kind of bitters will round out the flavor of the cocktail nicely, it will have a completely different flavor than the inimitable Angostura. Fee Brothers' Old-Fashioned Aromatic Bitters are the most similar in taste. –  David Mar 11 '12 at 22:22
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You can also order bitters from Amazon. I don't know for sure if they can ship them to Canada; try it and let us know. Fee Brothers is a very old company that makes some terrific varieties. I particularly like their grapefruit bitters.

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KegWorks sells Angostura bitters and will ship to Canada - CAD$10 for a 4-oz. bottle, or CAD$23 for a 16-oz. bottle, plus shipping. I've used them (for shipments to the US) and had nothing but good experiences.

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