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Seven Stills Kickstarts a Bitters Line

Seven Stills Kickstarts a Bitters Line

Dozens of new cocktail bitters have launched in the last few years, but one San Francisco duo is proving that there’s room for more. Tim Obert and Clint Potter from The Seven Stills of SF distillery are branching out into bitters, using the power of Kickstarter to fund the enterprise.…read more →

A Trio of Unusual Bitter Liqueurs

A Trio of Unusual Bitter Liqueurs

There’s nothing quite like a bitter liqueur. In Europe especially, such liqueurs are often enjoyed as a digestive aid at the end of a big meal. But bitter liqueurs can be employed to great effect in cocktails too, something we’ve seen on drinks menus across the globe…read more →

Some Unusual Cocktail Bitters to Know About

Some Unusual Cocktail Bitters to Know About

As you may know, bitters are essences of powerful flavors that are used to enhance cocktails and, sometimes, to season food. As bitters continue to gain more prominence in bars around the world, we’re able to experience flavors and combinations we never thought were possible. Exciting times…read more →

Scrappy’s Bitters

Scrappy’s Bitters

It wasn’t too long ago that the bitters world was dominated by Angostura, and your local liquor store was progressive if they carried Peychaud’s and Fee’s. These days, stalwarts like Angostura are joined on store shelves by Regan’s, The Bitter Truth and Bittermen’s, among others, which is good news for…read more →

Reyka Vodka and Icelandic Bitters

Reyka Vodka and Icelandic Bitters

It’s difficult to find a drink that bitters don’t make better. Their enhancing, tie-the-room-together qualities can take a cocktail from ordinary to extraordinary. But sprinkling them on top of vodka? Never occurred to us. Then again, vodka on the rocks isn’t a common beverage at Cocktail Enthusiast HQ. Reyka Vodka…read more →

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set

Ardent drinkers know that a dash of bitters can transform a cocktail from mundane to magical. But what does a cocktail aficionado like yourself do when on the road – perhaps cooped up in a hotel room or tippling on the airplane? Having planned ahead, he simply opens his traveler’s…read more →

Pink Gin Cocktail

Pink Gin Cocktail

The Pink Gin, as the name half implies and half does not—is a stout cocktail. Composed of just gin and bitters, it’s not for the faint of heart. Simply uttering the words “gin” and “bitters” tends to send novice drinkers running for the hills, but the Pink Gin marries the…read more →

The Hearst Cocktail

The Hearst Cocktail

While yesterday was a rye day, today was most definitely a gin day.  With an assortment of gins at hand (Plymouth, Tanqueray Ten, Sapphire, Aviation and Martin Miller’s) I wanted to drink either something new, or something I hadn’t had in awhile.  Enter Esquire Drinks. I perused several gin-based cocktail recipes…read more →

Mixology Monday: Bourbon Tease

Mixology Monday: Bourbon Tease

Once per month cocktail aficionados band together to create a booze-soaked collection of drink recipes for Mixology Monday.  This month’s host is Frederic of Cocktail Virgin Slut, who chose tea as the theme.  From Frederic – Tea has played a historical role in cocktails for centuries. Perhaps the best documented…read more →

Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters

Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters

I really can’t get enough of bitters, from tried and true stalwarts like Angostura, Peychaud’s and Regan’s Orange to newish offerings from The Bitter Truth.  Aside from using bitters to enhance my cocktails, I even consume bitters with a bit of club soda before or after meals to aid digestion. …read more →

The Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx Cocktail

While there’s always a place for intricate cocktails boasting fun ingredients like Benedictine, Orgeat or Maraschino liqueur, sometimes you just want to simplify your life and your drinks. Comprised of five simple ingredients found in any reasonably stocked home bar, the Bronx Cocktail is basically a perfect martini with orange…read more →

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling was invented around 1910 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at the Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar in Singapore.  And like many classic drinks, the recipe was lost decades ago, resulting in bartenders scrambling to make an interpretation of the original ever since. Because this recipe is often misrepresented…read more →