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Bitters Reviews and Tasting Notes

Scrappy's Bitters for a Spicy Bloody Mary

Not long ago we ran a contest on Common Man Cocktails to find the ultimate Bloody Mary recipe using both Scrappy's Firewater Bitters and Scrappy's Celery Bitters and it was a fantastic albeit challenging contest. The three finalists are listed below, here is the final video for the contest:  You can watch the entire week of contestants in our Bloody Mary Contest Playlist.   The three finalists where:   -------------------------------------------- Scrappy’s Spicy Bloody Mary...

Horror Infused Bitters, Fiendishly Tropical Bitters Now Available

The small batch bitters industry is always looking for creative new "spices" to add to the short list and today, we announce the availability of Horror Infused Bitters at AwesomeDrinks. The folks from Horror in Clay (known for the creation of the Cthulhu Tiki Mug) compliment their vessel with their own blend of herbs and spices for cocktails. Fiendishly Tropical Bitters focus on tiki cocktails but it doesn't stop there, you'll...

Scrappy's Firewater Bitters, Habanero Heat

Scrappy's Bitters recently launched a new flavor in their cocktail bitter portfolio which they are calling "Firewater Bitters." These bitters represent the hot side of the cocktail world, focusing primarily on cocktails that need a bit of a kick. What would you utilize Scrappy's Firewater bitters for? We suggest the savory side of the cocktail world. Of course, the most common is a cocktail utilizing tomato juice, the thicker cocktails with...

What are cocktail bitters? Great question.

Cocktails bitters have a rich history in medical practice and, at one point, you could trace bitters to curing pretty much any aliment you could have, which is probably a bit of a far fetching notion. But, speaking more currently, what are cocktail bitters and probably most importantly, why do you care? First, you can watch our 20+ minute explanation of cocktail bitters including the creation of the Falernum Sour...

Bittermens Bitters Now In Stock

We've been growing out our bitters collection extensively over the last two months and, in doing so, we have learned a lot about what our customers are seeking out in their bitter searches. What are they looking for? new, exciting and different.   The small batch bitters, like bittermens seem to focus on two categories of bitter flavors: reviving age old cocktail bitters and generating new exciting bitter creations. It is essential that we...

Fee Brothers Orange Flower Water Review

So, what exactly is orange flower water from the Fee Brothers? That is a great question because, out of all the bitters and botanicals you may have for a cocktail or mocktail, the orange blossom is the most unique single dimensional aroma.  Of course, saying something is "single dimensional" typically reflects poorly on the product. If one says, "this one is very single dimensional," it tells us there isn't much to discover...

Teapot Bitters: Dark Sunshine Cocktail Recipe

We're always looking for a great way to make use of our Adam Elmegirab Teapot Bitters so here is a cocktail recipe we did that contains teapot bitters. The Recipe: 1 1/2 oz. Koloa Dark Hawaiian Rum 1/2 oz. Malibu Sunshine 5 Dashes of Teapot Bitters If you're looking for a good use for Adam's bitters, hopefully the above cocktail recipe will be something accessible to your creation. If you...

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters Tasting/Review

Tonight I was messing around with the Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters to see if I could build out a cocktail for our show Common Man Cocktails (via youtube). I sat down and invented this recipe for our Saint Patrick's Day cocktail week: Irish Cherry 1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey 1/2 oz. Benedictine 4-5 Dashes Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters (Garnish with 2 maraschino cherries) My goal of the recipe was to allow...

Fee Brothers Bitters: What's Old Is New Again

As I've mentioned in a previous article on grenadine, the Fee Brothers are extremely busy cranking out orders for their products, probably more than they have ever had to deal with in the past. Why? Fee Brothers Bitters Are In Demand. More importantly, all bitters are in demand it seems, from small batch to the classic and highly recognized angostura bitters. Okay, that doesn't really answer the question "why" but plainly states the obvious:...

Hella Bitters - Aromatic Bitter Review

Hella Bitters has a very inspirational story behind the brand, a new aged story actually; a small batch hobby turned professional almost overnight when the founders attempt to raise money on Kickstarter to invest in launching an initial 50-bottle citrus bitter batch (woah, that's a crazy alteration!) The folks at Hella Bitter managed to double their initial investment thanks to great interest in the product and not only did a citrus bitter launch, but an Aromatic bitter was...

Boker's Bitters by Adam Elmegirab Review / Notes

Dr. Adam Elmegirab Boker's Bitters are a history lesson in a bottle. Adam has gone through the painstaking process to recreate a legendary product called upon by the bartenders and mixologists of our past. Adam's Boker's Bitters are a historic reproduction of the now lost bitter producer John Boker in 1828.  Jerry Thomas, also redeemed as "The Father of American Mixology" preferred Boker's Bitters in his cocktail creations but due to...

Teapot Bitters by Adam Elmegirab Review / Notes

Dr. Adam Elmegirab Teapot Bitters arrives in your typical "bitters bottle" shape with a classy English style label. The teapot bitters set themselves apart from many other bitter offerings with their subtle tea-centric notes alongside a mildly sweet aroma.  Teapot bitters build off the heritage of one of the worlds most historically beloved trade products: tea. Not just any old tea, but a spiced tea with botanical aromas far exceeding your basic...

Aphrodite Bitters by Adam Elmegirab Review / Notes

Dr. Adam Elmegirab Aphrodite Bitters, a mysterious green labeled bottle which is themed after the greek goddess of sexuality and love: Aphrodite. Historically, bitters were most often used to for medical purposes; not sure if they really worked as designed but they did also leech people to remove sickness so... the purpose of most bitters today are flavorful and aroma "spice" for cocktails.  Aphrodite bitters focuses on ingredients associated with the aphrodisiac...

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