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Rum Ramsey Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Bon Ton Café is one of New Orleans finest restaurants and famous for one particular drink – The Rum Ramsey Cocktail. The drink is not only famous it`s recipe is secretly guarded by the Bon Ton Cafe and it remains a secret even when Robert Hess attempted to get closer to what is or what is not the original recipe for the Rum Ramsey Cocktail.

How to make the Rum Ramsey Cocktail


1 3/4 oz (60 ml) rum

1/4 oz ( 10 ml) bourbon whiskey

1/4 oz (10 ml) fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp granulated sugar

1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Fourth Regiment Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

There aren`t too many classic cocktails calling for celery bitters, but one that is mostly credited is the Forth Regiment Cocktail which was popular in the late 1900, and considered good enough to go into Charles H. Bakers Gentleman Companion in the 1930`s. Celery Bitters are a bit weird, but once applied in the right way to a cocktail it has the power to become the magical ingredient as Jamie said so nicely in this little video.

How to make the Fourth Regiment Cocktail


1 oz (30 ml) rye whiskey

1 oz ( 30 ml) sweet red vermouth

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

1 dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Lemon zest

Stir all ingredients well with ice., Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Lemon twist.

TIP: add lemon twist to the glass before pouring the cocktail to add the most robust lemon flavor throughout the cocktail.

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Hooker Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

The Hooker Cocktail isn`t named after “that kind of Hooker”, but after blues guitar legend John Lee Hooker. As you might imagine, the cocktail contains some Bourbon, some Scotch and some beer. Octoberfest is just over and this is the perfect cocktail to enjoy fermented, brewed and distilled grains of all kinds. Crank some blues and celebrate!

How to make the Hooker Cocktail


1/2 oz (15 ml) egg white

1 oz ( 30 ml) Bourbon Whiskey

1/2 oz (15 ml) Averna Amaro

1/4 oz (8 ml) peaty Scotch Whisky

3 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters or Bokers Bitters

2 dashes The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

3/4 oz ( 25 ml ) fresh orange juice

1/4 oz ( 8 ml) sugar syrup

Malty Belgian beer on top

Dry shake without ice and th beer. (Tip: remove the spring from a Hawthorne strainer and add it to your mixing tin before you dry shake. This will help to emulsify the ingredients and create a lot of body.) Then remove the spring and add ice, shake again to chill and dilute. Strain into cocktail glass. Top up wuíth the beer and stir gently.

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Delmonico Cocktail with Robert Hess

Named after the first restaurant opened in the United Sates of America, the Delmonico Cocktail is as tasty as the the famous steaks of the famous restaurant which went trough hard times. Opened in 1827 Delmonicos suffered through fire, the Noble Experiment in 1919 and quite a number of proprietors in it`s almost 200 years existence.

How to make the Delmonico Cocktail


1 oz (30 ml) dry gin

1/2 oz ( 15 ml) brandy or cognac

1/2 oz (15 ml) sweet vermouth

1/2 oz (15 ml) dry vermouth

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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Good Spirts News Reviews of The Bitter Truth products

Bildschirmfoto 2013-10-24 um 10.52.40Blair Frodelius from Good Spirits News recently reviewed some of The Bitter Truth`s newer product releases, some of them not yet available in the USA.

The guys at The Bitter Truth are two of the busiest people in the spirits industry.  In just seven years, they have increased their product line to include not only several classic bitters styles, but also spirits, liqueurs and flower waters.  Every bottle feels just right, looks sharp and holds some amazing flavors.”

Thats quite a stunning intro as we think and we are very pleased and flattered at the same time. Following our motto “Quality counts” we continue to produce The Bitter Truth products by using only the best quality natural ingredients available and this is fully reflected once you taste one of our products. The traditional production process without any shortcuts garantees an unparalelled experience. Thanks for the appreciation, Blair!

You can read the reviews about The Bitter Truth`s Spirits and Liqueurs here and don`t miss out on Good Spirits News latest thoughts on our new types of bitters which you can read here.Read more

Green Blazer by Jamie Boudreau

While the days get shorter and temperatures drop it`s time to have a look on an old eyecatching classic. Once made popular by Jerry Thomas, iconic bartender of the 19th century, the Blue Blazer receives a twist when Jamie Boudreau of Seattles Whiskey & Bitters Emporium CANON plays around with gin, some fancy liqueur and and a healthy dash of fine bitters.

How to make the Green Blazer


2 oz (60 ml) Martin Millers Westbourne Strength Gin

1/4 oz (8 ml) Ginger Liqueur

1/4 oz (8 ml) Cinnamon Liqueur

1/4 oz (8 ml) Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Add boiling water to one of two large metal or ceramic mugs, add remaining ingredients to the second mug and ignite with fire. Slowly begin rolling the alcoholic ingredients and the water back and forth from mug to mug, as you roll the drink, position your mugs and farther and farther apart vertically to increase the length of the flame. Cap each mug to extinguish fire, pour into pre-heated toddy glass, garnish with large lemon zest

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Hop Toad Cocktail by Jamie Boudreau

Jamie Bouderau talks about the importance of a good shake and how it can impact the quality of your drinks. Jamie is all up for his metal cobbler shaker as found in many Japanese bars these days. The Hop Toad Cocktail first appreared in the The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book in the early 30`s of last century. While several variations were created since then, Jamie Boudreau shows his favorite based on rum and aromatic bitters

How to make the Hop Toad Cocktail


1 1/2 oz (45 ml) aged rum

1/2 oz (15 ml) The Bitter Truth Apricot liqueur

1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice

2 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Shake with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an lime wedge.

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Savoury Raspberry by Ryan Osnowski

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Savoury Raspberry

by Ryan Osnowski

The Hinds Head, Bray/UK

(Finalist Vintage to Visionary Cocktail Competition)


50ml (1 1/2oz) raspberry Infused Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

20ml (3/4oz) Blossoms Raspberry syrup

4 fresh raspberries

2-3 fresh basil Leaves

10ml (1/3oz) Balsamic vinegar

2-4 Dashes of The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Own Decanter Bitters

Garnish: Fresh raspberries rolled in basil sugar & crystallized basil leaves

Glass: Brandy Balloon

Ice: Crushed

Method: Shake all ingredients together and strain into your serving glass over crushed Ice.

Hugos Second Flight by Ryan Osnowski

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Hugos Second Flight

by Ryan Osnowski

The Hinds Head, Bray/UK

(Finalist Vintage to Visionary Cocktail Competition)


50ml (1 1/2oz) Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml (3/4oz) Maraska Maraschino liqueur

20ml (3/4oz) The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

2-4 dashes The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

10ml (1/3oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice

Garnish: Red cherry and The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur infused cucumber

Glass: Martini

Ice: None

Method: Shake hard and strain into chilled glass

Vintage to Visionary Cocktail Competition – The Winner

The Bitter Truth and Haymans Gin are proud to anounce the winners of the 2013 UK Cocktail Competition

The Bitter Truth and Haymans Gin are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 UK Cocktail Competition

This year saw the beginning of a series of cocktail competitions where The Bitter Truth teamed up with Hayman`s Gin, the longest serving gin distilling family in England to search for the most skilled and talented bartenders in all parts of Great Britain. Regional competition were held and the top 8 were called to London to battle against each other.

The final took place at The Luggage Room in Mayfair, London september 18th and was judged by James & Lewis from Haymans, Clint from Imbibe Magazine and Alex & Stephan of The Bitter Truth.

In a polite doff our hats to the classic Martini we were looking for competitors to use the The Bitter Truth and Hayman`s Gin in a twist on the classic mix of gin and bitters for their Vintage recipe.

For the Visionary recipe, we were looking for new leaders in the industry to draw inspiration from the progressive way as bar tending Brits consistently push the boundaries of cocktail culture.

The winner of the competition received a cash prize of £1000. The competition was open to UK entrants only.… Read more

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