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Meet us in New York City

The Bitter Truth is coming to the U.S. and will make stops in New Haven, Connecticut, Atlantic City, New Jersey and of course New York City. We will be participating in the Manhattan Cocktail Classics which opens may 9th with a posh gala held at the New York Public Library.

On may 10th and may 11th vistors of the Industry Invitational will have the chance to sample The Bitter Truth`s products. Come and swing by for a chat and a sip.

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March, 2014; Munich, Germany

vision wine & spirits

Vision Wine & Spirits, LLC is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Haromex Development, the exclusive worldwide distributor for The Bitter Truth and Berg & Hauck, to become the exclusive US importer for the two brands.

In 2006, with the global resurgence of classic cocktails, German mixologists Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck conceived the idea of producing and selling a range of cocktail bitters. Both of them had already gained a considerable amount of experience in producing handmade cocktail bitters at the bars where they were working. In addition, Stephan owned a large collection of historical bitters, some of which hadn’t been produced for decades. Thus, he knew how the most well known bitters of the world tasted and was considered a specialist in this area.

The result of their collaboration was the birth of The Bitter Truth and Berg & Hauck brands. The Bitter Truth is a line of all-natural potable bitters consisting of Aromatic, Orange, Lemon, Celery, Jerry Thomas, Creole, Chocolate and Grapefruit varieties all sold in 200ml bottles. The … Read more

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Casino Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Casino Cocktail is a drink that is widly published in old cocktail books so one can assume it has been pretty popular in the old days. The Savoy Cocktail book holds the version Robert Hess is explaining in this little video. If you like drinks that are heavy on the gin side, you`ll like this straight forward drink.

How to make the Casino Cocktail


2 oz (60 ml) dry gin or old tom gin

1/8 oz ( 5ml) fresh lemon juice

1/8 oz (5ml) Maraschino Liqueur

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

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Bridal Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is one of those books one can always go back to if a tasty little drink is needed. Somewhat close to a Sweet Martini Cocktail the addition of a tiny bit of Maraschino Liqueur adds a tasty extra bit of cherry to this drink. Watch Robert Hess making up one of those old classics for you…

How to make the Bridal Cocktail


2 oz (60 ml) dry gin

1 oz ( 30ml) sweet vermouth

1 dash Maraschino Liqueur

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Smoking Monkey Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

The Smoking Monkey is an original cocktail recipe from Canon Bar in Seattle and was inspired by hints of banana that Jamie noticed in Jameson Irish Whiskey. Playing off those notes, Jamie infused banana into the whiskey creating a truly unique flavor profile. Interestingly enough, this cocktail is shaken due to the pectins released into the Jameson during the infusion process. Misting the glass with a smoky Islay whisky (like Ardbeg) before straining gives the cocktail a deliciously smoky essence.

How to make the Smoking Monkey Cocktail


1 1/2 oz (45 ml) banana infued Jameson Irish Whiskey

1/2 oz ( 15 ml) Pedro Ximenez Sherry

3 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Smoky Islay Scotch for misting

Shake with ice. Mist a chilled cocktail glass with a smoky Islay Scotch (like Ardbeg). Strain cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with a neon monkey bathed in the same smoky Islay Scotch.

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