Shot this pic today while shopping for booze at Bag & String in Lakewood:
Category Archives: BITTERS BRANDS
Need a little something extra to take your mixology game to the next level?
Well, whille I was tasting spirits and craft beer at Five & 20 in Westfield yesterday, I noticed that they’re selling several Bittermens products alongside their in-house products and other merch.
Here’s a picture I took of their selection:
More than just bitters, Bittermens makes Citrates and Shrubs. More on those in a minute, but first, here’s a list of the bottles I saw on display at Five & 20 yesterday:
BITTERMENS AT FIVE & 20:
- Boston Bittahs
- Burlesque Bitters
- ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters
- Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
- Orange Cream Citrate
- Orchard Street Celery Shrub
- Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Small batch bitters have become extremely desirable in recent years as the ongoing renaissance in craft cocktails and mixology continues to boom.
Bittermens makes all its products by hand at its New Orleans facility from primarily organic ingredients. The company was founded by Avery and Janet Glasser and dates back to early 2007, when the pair were trying to make an extract of a traditional Mexican cooking sauce — which became their Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
There’s more info about the company and their products online at Bittermens.com.
CITRATES & SHRUBS:
For their Orange Cream Citrate, Bittermens uses citric acid instead of phosphoric acid to create an orange tincture that’s a riff on the classic sodajerk orange cream soda syrup.
A “Shrub” is also known as “drinking vinegar,” a beverage that dates back to colonial times and is made by combining vinegars with sugar and either fruits or vegetables. I made raspberry and blueberry shrubs last summer, as I posted here. And Bittermens produces a celery shrub, which Five & 20 is currently selling.
Where else can you get bitters in Chautauqua County?
•BAG & STRING — If you’re looking for even more craft bitters, check out Bag & String. Last time I was in the Lakewood shop, they were stocking four flavors by The Bitter Truth — as well as a sampler pack which the company offers.
•WEGMANS — Wegmans usually has both Angostura and Fee Brothers. Most all the other supermarkets in the county only have Angostura as far as I’ve seen.
•CHAUTAUQUA RESTAURANT SUPPLY — Located down by McCrea Point in Jamestown is Chautauqua Restaurant Supply — where last time I checked, they stock Fee Brothers.
•FORTE — Lastly, if you come see me at Forte in Jamestown, we currently have The Bitter Truth’s grapefruit bitters and Peychaud’s in addition to Angostura, Fee Brothers and Angostura Orange. Of course, unlike the avove mentioned locations, our bitters aren’t for sale. We just keep a variety in house for shaking up cocktails.
Tax Day is upon us again.
Thankfully there is a drink that’s intended to go along with this annual event — the Income Tax Cocktail:
Like Tax Day itself, this spin on the perfect gin martini only ever really comes around once a year, so try one tonight:
About This Drink:
“Citrus-sweetened mix of gin and vermouth…”
— Imbibe Magazine
Here’s the Imbibe Magazine recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
- 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
- Juice of 1/4 orange
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.
As adapted by Ted Haigh in Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails.
Here’s the Liquor.com recipe:
I picked up this beautiful bottle of bitters while in Buffalo over the weekend:
The Bitter Truth: Grapefruit Bitters
I haven’t made a cocktail with them yet, but the bitters were delicious in a glass of lemonade.
Check them out at The Bitter Truth’s website.
I like old bitters bottles.
I’ve got the start of a little collection going, which is just this fernet-style bottle and an Underberg as well as some of the more mainstream and traditional brands.
I’m going to an auction at a bar today and then up to Buffalo, so if I see anything neat (bitters or otherwise) at either the auction or some stores, I’ll post here if its cocktails related. Hopefully I’ll hit up a worthwhile antique shop.