DR. J. G. B. SIEGERT: ANGOSTURA AROMATIC BITTERS
Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert was born at Grub Walditz in Silesia. Or known today as Germany.
Siegert at the age of 24 relocated his family to a small town called Angostura in Venezuela, South America. He joined Simon Bolivar's Liberation Army and was appointed Surgeon General.
In 1824 Dr. J. G. B. Siegert invents his world famous recipe for Aromatic Bitters. He used his elixir to cure soldier's stomach ailments. Siegert starts to export Angostura Aromatic Bitters to England, The Caribbean and to the United States.
In 1862 J.G. B. Siegert son Don Carlos Siegert exhibits their Angostura Aromatic Bitters in London, England. This is when the Pink Gin Cocktail is invented. The same year Jerry Thomas publishes the first cocktail recipe book "The Bartender's Guide: How to Mix Drinks".
Dr. J. G. B. Siegert would pass away in 1870. The Siegert family decides to relocate to the Port of Spain in Trinidad. Here his three sons Don Carlos, Luis and Alfredo continue the Angostura Aromatic Bitters.
In 1873 Angostura Aromatic Bitters win the medal of excellence at the Grand Exhibition in Vienna Austria. Also in 1876 the brothers win a gold medal at the Worlds Trade Fair in Philadelphia.
In 1903 Carlos Siegert would pass away leaving Alfredo and Luis in charge of the formula and the company.
In 1909 the partnership of J. G. B. Siegert & Hijos was converted into a public liability company. Dr. J. G. B. & Sons Limited was formed. The company remained by that name until 1992 when the company changes the name to Angostura Limited.
Below are photos of just one of their bottles. This one is a sample size.
Below are some tradecards.
Below is a brass sign.
This product started out as a medicine and became one of the most popular flavoring beverages.
Bitters Bottles by Carlyn Ring & W. C. Ham.
Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collection.