"While living in San Francisco in early 2007, Avery and Janet Glasser used high proof spirit and a variety of herbs, peels and spices to create an extract of a traditional Mexican cooking sauce. This extract became the prototype recipe for the Xocolatl Mole Bitters." --bittermens.com
Today, Bittermens has established new partnerships, new products and a full commercial kitchen. That means Bittermens Cocktail bitters are growing rapidly and developing products that will change your cocktails forever. And, they're doing it all out of their New Orleans Facility.
Bitters Product Overview
Bittermens bitters are a small batch product which inspires new drinkers palate to expand through a variety of flavors and experiences. You will find that each of Bittermens bitter products will compliment a unique style of cocktail as well as flavor many of your favorite classics and new cocktail designs.
A peculiar combination of citrus & chamomile. Great for warm summer night libations. Boston Bittahs will compliment a lot of great herbal cocktails as well as vodka-based neutral spirits that may lack some rich dynamics; also will work in scotch. Bittermens set forth to come up with a new bitter that celebrated both the return of summer and our return to Boston after 14 years and thus Boston Bittahs was born.
The flavors of hibiscus, açaí and long pepper. This menage of hibiscus, açai berry and long pepper is sweet, spicy and a bit of a tart. Burlesque Bitters will fit well within a gin, amari, tequila and a Caribbean rum. Bittermens Burlesque Bitters is one of our best selling of the Bittermens line of bitters.
A tropical blend of cinnamon, allspice & island spices, rather than creating a falernum cordial Bittermens struck out to make a bitter to compliment the tropical beverages and Elemakule Tiki Bitters came to life. Compliment the dark flavors of a dark island rum or accent the originality of a rum punch and, of course, at subtle muted flavors to a mysterious tiki based drink.
The essence of grapefruit peel and noble hops combined into a single bitter bonanza. You'll find Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit will work itself into most cocktails calling for aromatic bitters. We've used it for everything from a rum based cocktail, to those heavy on orange juices, gin and tonics, daiquiri's and the gimlet. We have also used it to remove the hiccups by adding a bit to a lime and biting, keep an open mind for your bitters!
The concept of Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry takes New England spiced cranberry sauce and adding a bit of malic acid and lime for tartness. These regional bitters are in a slightly smaller bottle and are often sold in the New England region in brick & morter stores. Consider for those cocktails that need an added tartness or contain mild amounts of orange juice or even a peach schnapps; cranberry is very extensible in cocktails.
Bittermans New Orleans Coffee Bitters are created from beans roasted at the Orleans Coffee Exchange along with the addition of lactic acid and chicory, you'll be creating new flips, fizzes and other creamy cocktails with these Coffee Bitters. Much like Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry, this is a regional product that's typically only found in local regions of Louisiana but you can find them here on AwesomeDrinks too! Take a bit of NOLA home with you.
Cacao, Cinnamon, Paprika & Spice, Bittermensrecommends adding a dash to libations made with dark rum, aged tequila and any other dark spirits you may encounter. Inspired by the classic Mole sauces of Mexico, this bitter was originally designed to pair with aged tequila, but Bittermens have found that it works beautifully with aged rum, bourbon and rye as well. This is the #1 best seller across the Bittermens brands at AwesomeDrinks.
This isn't a true "orange bitter" because Bittermens took Orange Cream Citrate in a slightly different direction, rather than more of a caramelized dark orange flavor, they went for something a bit more juicy, like an orange juice creation. Bittermens started to explore the syrups and preparations used in soda shops, focusing on cream sodas and phosphates. Riffing on an orange cream soda syrup, they created a concentrated orange cream tincture and modified it with a heavy dose of citric acid (instead of using phosphoric acid like the soda jerks used to use). The result? The Orange Cream Citrate. Sweet, sour, tart and creamy, but not bitter by any sense.
The Shrub (sweets, savory, bitters, aromatic, tart bitters and fruit combinations)
Light on vinegar taste but strong on heat and fire with chile pepper and other natural spices. Brings a hot spice to the cocktail without dousing it in a tabasco-like vinegar infusion. Hellfire Habanero Shrub can take an ordinary cocktail and bring it to hot spicy proportions without making it taste like you added salsa or a basic hot sauce. Great for shooters, tequila, savory drinks like the Bloody Mary, beer based cocktails and perhaps even a Canadian whiskey.
Boiled cider, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, natural flavor, spices are some of the makeup of the celery shrub. Bittermens took an idea of a brine, a shrub and a 1930's classic celery soda and decided to dedicate it to Orchard Street, home of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Consider this the flavor of old New York inspired by pickle vendors of Orchard Street.
Bittermens started as a partnership in 2009 and has since struck out on their own and has done very well with their brand. Once local to our area here in New England, they've relocated to New Orleans and we wish them the best of luck with their brand. AwesomeDrinks is proud to say that the Bittermens product line is one of our best selling small batch bitters and we are glad to have them in our collection.
Now, you can watch us on Common Man Cocktails where we go through some of the history of bitters, information across many of the bitters brands in the industry today and end with the creation of a Falernum Sour once without bitters and once with Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit and taste test to find out if bitters truly change your cocktail.