~ Cocktail & Culinary ~
Below is a list of classic cocktails matched to a preferred single-flavor bitter. Keep in mind that this is just a start, and the single flavor bitters are designed to be mixed and matched to create your own unique combinations.
Manhattan, Martini, Old Fashioned, The Liberal, Blood & Sand
Gin & Tonic, Martini, French 75, Hemingway, The Blinker
Honeymoon Cocktail, Golden Dawn, Flying Dutchman, Derby, Blue Moon
Ford Cocktail, Martini, Doctor Cocktail, Vesper, Gin & Tonic
Margarita, Jack Rose, Brooklyn Cocktail, Valencia
Margarita, Gimlet, Gin & Tonic, Martinez, Daiquiri
Sazerac, Old Grandad, Hanky Panky, Corpse Reviver #2
Manhattan, Boulevardier, The Blackthorn Cocktail
Martinez, Sidecar, Whiskey Sour, Mai Tai
Hot Toddy, Old Fashioned, Old Grandad, Pisco Sour
Brandy Crusta, Milk Punch, Old Fashioned, Daiquiri
Monkey Gland, Lion’s Tail, Fog Cutter, Mai Tai
East Indian Cocktail, Pisco Sour, Egg Nog, Brandy Alexander
Bitters go far beyond just cocktails…
Bitters, just like extracts, are liquid flavors. To add flavor to a frosting you would never use a dry spice because it adds an undesired peppery look but also doesn’t quite get the same flavor. By adding bitters you can expand your flavor palate beyond vanilla and offer up some truly unique flavors. Try some Sichuan in your frosting with ginger cupcakes, or add lime to the frosting of your sugar cookies.
At home we’ve made rock candy, gummy bears, and chocolates, all enhanced with bitters. Use a little orange, cardamon, lavender, or clove for some very fun candies - a project the whole family can enjoy.
Pancakes & Waffles
Another great place to use bitters is to take something ordinary and make it something special. We add bitters to our pancakes to liven things up. For example, add cinnamon and clove to your pancake mix, dip sliced apples in the batter, and fry away. You will be delighted by the additional flavor. These apple pancakes go especially good with cinnamon sugar, or sweet and condensed milk on top instead of syrup. These ideas also work great in oatmeal.
Bitters can also be added to a medley of other condiments to widen your oyster flavor profile. Add a little Sichuan, Bay Leaf, or Grapefruit for both aroma and flavor.
Making a salad dressing can be as simple as combining a beautiful wine vinegar and flavor. Traditionally made with salt and pepper, try adding flavors like lavender, star anise or cardamom to increase the aroma and flavor of a dressing.
The original, our first love, our debut album, was our first honest step into the bitters world. Named Vintage Orange No.1 because it was in fact our first formula as well as our debut flavor, this bitter is a classic orange but with Bourbon as the base. With this flavor profile this bitter works extremely well with brown spirits - especially Whiskeys. If you have this bottle at home you can use it wherever Orange bitters are called for.
Other recipes that work well with Vintage Orange are:
Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, Old Grandad
0.5oz. Cream Sherry
5 Drops Vintage Orange Bitters
1 Egbert’s Cherry
0.5oz. Saint Germaine
3 Drops Vintage Orange Bitters
Aromatic Bitter Recipes
CLASSIC COCKTAILS for OLD FASHIONED AROMATIC
Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Allegheny, Americana, Harvard, Sweeney’s Cocktails, Jockey Club, Brandy Sour
CLASSIC COCKTAILS for CLASSIC CREOLE
Vieux Carre, Stone Fence, Holland Gin, Hilliard Cocktail, The Sawyer
CLASSIC COCKTAILS for SPICED APPLE
Martinez, Inca Cocktail, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Mai Tai, Singapore Sling
CLASSIC COCKTAILS for JERRY THOMAS DECANTER
Clover Club, Manhattan, Martini, Pink Gin Pink, Champagne Cocktail, The Sawyer, Singapore Sling, Rob Roy
Vagabond Collection Recipes
CLASSIC COCKTAILS for MR.LEE'S
Gin & Tonic, Gin Ricky, Gin Fizz, Martinez
0.5oz. Luxardo Maraschino
1.0 Vermouth Cocchi Americano
6 Drops Chinese Inspired Bitters
MOLE BITTERS TEQUILA OLD FASHIONED
2.0oz. Anejo Tequila
0.25 - 0.5oz. Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar
3 Dashes Mole Bitters
1.25oz. Heavy Cream
0.75oz. Ginger Liqueur
5 Heavy Dashes of Chai’Walla Bitters
*add a little chocolate syrup or Imperial Stout for fun.