Bitters are a highly concentrated cocktail flavoring, consisting of herbs, spices, flowers, barks, roots, and other agents steeped in high proof spirits. You might consider bitters the seasoning—the salt and pepper, if you will, of cocktails.
Bitters follow a basic formula of bittering agents, flavoring highlights, and a sweetener (if necessary). To prepare our bitters, the majority of the time we opt to extract each agent individually, rather than employing a collective steeping method where all ingredients are placed into a single jar. This ensures that each ingredient is steeped at an optimal extraction rate. After extraction, we combine the individual tinctures according to the recipe.
Lavender Bitters - Lavender, it speaks for itself. To accent this powerful, yet calming flavor, we add a range of herbs and spices ,along with some hops, ginger and lemon peel to accentuate the natural brightness of the recipe. Any gin cocktail begs for lavender bitters.
Salty Bitters - Mostly salty with a tinge of sweet sourness from hibiscus and some heat from jalapeno, these bitters carry a medley of intense flavors. Parsley and celery seed are quickly detected with the saltiness of dandelion leaf and savory bitterness from the burdock root balancing the experience. This recipe lends adds an extra pop to your clean and/or dirty martinis.
Hot Cocoa Bitters - A classic combination of cacao, chicolry, habanero and warm spices not only complements the obvious libations such as coffee drinks and dessert martinis, but fuses nicely with dark rum, bourbon and mezcal and tequila drinks as well.
Orange Bitters - Riding on a comparable wave of popularity to the Aromatic Bitters, these Orange Bitters carry an equal level of versatility. Orange Peel, Ginger, All Spice, Clove, and Caraway Seed provide a nice balance of citrus and spice.