Using the Old Cuban Cocktail as an example which was first created by Audrey Saunders of the Pegu Club in NYC, Robert Hess demonstrates how double straining can lift your cocktail mixing skills to a more refined level. While everyone mixing cocktails should have a Hawthorn strainer or Julep strainer at hand, double-straining a shaken cocktail will hold back any little ice-shards that result from shaking. Double straining will also help keeping citrus pulp or pieces of muddle fruit or herbs out of the drink.
Old Cuban Cocktail
30 ml (1 oz) Sugar Syrup 1:1
25 ml (3/4 oz) fresh Lime Juice
6 or 7 leaves of fresh mint
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) aged Rum
1 dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
60 ml (2 oz) Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Add first three ingredients to your mixing tin. Muddle gently. Add rum and bitters and shake with ice to chill and dilute. Double strain into a cocktail coupe or champagne coupe. Top with Champagne.
The Bijou Cocktail is quite an old drink and seemed to appear first in Harry Johnsons Bartenders Guide published in 1900, meaning that the drink certainly was around a few years before already. The preparation is relatively simple using equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and green Chartreuse all balanced out with the addition of orange bitters. Simple and elegant this drink is, simply squeeze a fresh lemon peel over its surface and enjoy like our forefathers did.
30 ml (1 oz) Gin
30 ml (1 oz) Sweet Vermouth
30 ml (1 oz) green Chartreuse
1-2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and finish with a lemon peel.
We are very pleased to share some good news as The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters made it into the Top 10 Best New Products of 2015 list for the Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
Amaro di Angostura
Balsam American Amaro
Grey Goose V/X
Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey
Mister Katz’s Rock and Rye
Mr. Lyan’s Bottled Cocktails
Redemption Rye Barrel Proof
Small Hands Foods Yeoman Tonic Syrup
The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
This marks the second nomination within the Top 10 for The Bitter Truth, after the glorious victory at the 2010 Spirited Awards, were The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters took home the top prize. We are looking forward to see this years winner and send our congratulations to all nominees.
See full list for Top 10 nominations for the TOTC Spirited Awards here…
Cucumber Bitters will join our range as a stunning new flavor this summer.
Following the great success of The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters, we were working on expanding our portfolio to savory flavors in cocktails & drinks for a few years now. Cucumber has a very delicate flavor, but the downside is that cucumber consists mainly of water and very little flavor. Further to that the fragile notes one can find in freshly cut cucumber will change quickly and the delicate top notes are hard to capture.
Saying so, we decided to mash the freshest cucumber available and then distill the mash to form a stable base which is then blended with a delicate selection of herbs and spices to create memories of the english countryside, summertime and light spirits. Already thirsty? The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters are first available in the USA – for all other markets from july/august 2015 on.
30 ml (1 oz) The Bitter Truth Pink Gin
30 ml (1 oz) The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain off into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.
In an attempt to bring product names in line for global distribution we renamed The Bitter Truth Elixier as this product was already distributed in the USA under The Bitter Truth E**X**R name for several years. No worries, we kept the same recipe – no changes in the formula made! It`s just a name change!
Have a look how Robert Hess makes a tasty E**X**R & Ginger
E**X**R and Ginger
60 ml (2 oz) The Bitter Truth E**X**R
8 ml (1/4 oz) fresh Lime Juice
120 ml (~4 oz) Ginger Beer
Build in glass over ice. Stir carefully and enjoy.
…or watch Jamie Boudreau make a Kentucky Medicine…
“Fantastic retro design and execution. An instant classic and a must buy impulse stocking stuffer item. If you hold it and read it, you`ll buy it”
Excellent news just came in from Chicago where the International Packaging Competition was held late in 2014 and results were just announced. Drum roll…Platinum Medal in Creativity Category, Platinum Medal in Grafic Design Category, Platinum Medal in Form Category and overall Best Gift Box Award for our top selling Bitters Traveler`s Set!
The idea for the Bitter Truth`s Bitters Travelers Set was born when we were flying around more often and had limited choice when we wanted to have a decent drink during our travels. As airlines provide 50ml bottles of a number of main spirits, various filler and ice, airline security is still strict and our regular 200ml simply wouldn`t do. Count 1 and 1 together and the idea was born. Since then the concept has been copied by many (thanks for the compliments).
A solid embossed metal tin with great artwork reflecting the various transportation options holding 5 x 20ml of Aromatic Bitters, Orange Bitters, Jerry Thomas Bitters, Creole Bitters and of course our Original Celery Bitters. Plenty of options to spice up your drinks when traveling!
There has been beautiful glassware in the past and although we like minimalistic design it can be a bit boring when it comes to the right glass for your beautiful and elegant drink. A richly decorated glass will simply make for a better overall experience and as Robert Hess shows some very nice glassware in this little video one will understand the point. Watch him making the Champs Elysee Cocktail served in a very nice coupe glass.
Champs Elysee Cocktail
30 ml (1 oz) Cognac
30 ml (1 oz) fresh Lemon Juice
8 ml (1/4 oz) green Chartreuse
1-2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and finish with a lemon peel.
It takes very little effort to pre-chill your glass, so it`s even more surprising that some bars will still pour your drink into a none chilled, or even worse fresh out of the dishwasher, glass before serving it to you. An unchilled glass can raise the temperature of your drink within seconds by a few degrees celsius destroying the enjoyment rapidly. Nobody wants a warm drink that is supposed to be crispy cold. But watch Robert to see how simple it will be to chill your glasses…
Rob Roy Cocktail
60 ml (2 oz) Scotch Whiskey
25 ml (3/4 oz) Sweet Vermouth
1-2dashes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and finish with a lemon peel.
When Charlotte Voisey was asked to create a simple yet sophisticated drink for a Manhattan Restaurant she remembered the greatest cocktails ever created like the Martini, Manhattan, Margarita or Daiquiri Cocktail use only three ingredients. Her result is a simple combination of Scotch Whisky, Ginger Syrup and Jerry Thomas Bitters of The Bitter Truth. Want to learn how it`s made? Here you go…
Ace of Clubs Cocktail
60 ml (2 oz) Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey
15 ml (1/2 oz) Ginger Syrup
3 dashes of The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into an rock glass over large ice cubes.
The traditional Airmail Cocktail, is similar to the French 75 Cocktail and is rum based, honey is the sweetener of choice and lime juice replaces lemon juice. Arguably, the Airmail could also be thought of as a sparkling Daiquiri. Here Charlotte layers on the flavors of both fresh muddled pineapple and The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters.
5 or 6 chunks of fresh pineapple
15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh Lime Juice
15 ml (1/2 oz) 2:1 Honey Syrup
30 ml (1 oz) Flor de Caña Seven Year Rum
2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Champagne or sparkling wine
Muddle the pineapple in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients except Champagne. Shake with ice. Double strain into a Champagne flute and gently top off with Champagne. Garnish with a mint leaf.
“Who better than bartenders to judge the quality of the spirits that go into your glass?” That was the starting point for Dan Priseman and James Triffo organizing the very first Bartenders Best Awards in London.
We are very happy to announce that The Bitter Truth did very well and was crowned with 2 (two!!!) awards for Bartenders Best Bitters 2014 for The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters and for Bartenders Best Liqueur 2014 for The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum at the awards ceremony held in NOLA Bar London last monday. We are absolutely thrilled and grateful to get such an amazing recognition by UK`s finest behind the stick. Thank you!
The process of judging involved over 80 full-time bartender from the UK and included industry legends such as Alex Kratena from London`s Artisian Bar at The Langham, Erik Lorincz of The Savoy Hotel, Marian Beke of Nightjar & Ryan Chetiyawardana from White Lyan among many others. See full list of judges here.
Here`s the list of the 9 Category Winners
Fortified Wine: Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
Bitters: The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
Liqueur: The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum
Vodka: Belvedere Unfiltered
Gin: Geranium 55
Cognac: Pierre Ferrand 1840
Rum: Appleton 21yo
Whisky: Chivas 25yo
Tequila: Tapatio Blanco
A nice writeup on the awards can be found over at The Cocktail Lovers with an interview with Dan Priseman and James Triffo.
The Savoy Hotel in London is one of the most prestigious hotels in the world and celebrated its 125th anniversary in august 2014. With the Dry Martini Cocktail being the hotels best selling cocktail, headbartender Erik Lorincz created together with his team of the American Bar the Savoy Martini, a tasty mixture of dry gin, dry vermouth and bitters.
The Bitter Truth produced a limited number of 250 bottles of a Savoy Martini Bitters for the Savoy Martini which is used alongside a special bottling of a rare Cocchi dry vermouth and house dry gin. The Savoy Martini Bitters are used at the American Bar and are available for sale solely at the Savoy at a price of 30 GBP.
THE SAVOY MARTINI COCKTAIL
3 parts Dry Gin
1 part Cocchi Dry Vermouth
1-2 dashes The Bitter Truth Savoy Martini Bitters
Stir ingredients over cold ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add a zest of bergamot peel relasing the essential oils of the peel.