Q. I frequently have heartburn when I eat spicy foods. Recently a bartender offered a concoction of club soda and bitters. He mixed 6 drops of bitters with a shot glass of soda. It worked instantly to relieve my heartburn. I now keep bitters and soda at home and it is effective every time.
A. Bitters have been used for hundreds of years to improve appetite or relieve indigestion. They contain an extract of herbs and barks. Bartenders use a few drops of bitters in certain mixed drinks such as bloody Mary, Manhattan, mojito or old fashioned.