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NEW EXCLUSIVE USA IMPORTER – Vision Wine & Spirits

Vision Wine & Spirits LogoWINE & SPIRITS LLC

700 Plaza Drive, 2nd Floor
Secaucus, NJ 07094, USA

Telephone: 888 535 5522
Office: 201 210 0400
Fax: 201 319 0660

Email: info@visionwineandspirits.com

VISION WINE & SPIRITS, LLC is NEW EXCLUSIVE USA IMPORTER FOR
THE BITTER TRUTH AND BERG & HAUCK

March, 2014; Munich, Germany

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 line is one of the top-selling bitters brands in the USA. Additionally, there is a travel pack of five 20mls of Aromatic, Creole, Jerry Thomas, Orange and Celery bitters in a tin box with recipe booklet for ; a Pink Gin; and a range of boutique liqueurs for bartenders which include E**X**R, an herbal liqueur with sweet vermouth characteristics, Pimento, Violet, Apricot and Elderflower Liqueurs all in 750ml formats.

The Bitter Truth Bitters are top notch when it comes to quality and consistency; they allow the bartender or at home mixologist the flexibility and versatility that only comes with grade A ingredients,” according to industry cocktail consultant Jonathan Pogash of The Cocktail Guru.

Berg & Hauck is a non-potable line of bitters consisting of Aromatic, Orange, Lemon, Celery, Creole and Jerry Thomas varieties all sold in 4 oz. bottles as well as in a kit of the five best-selling bitters with a cocktail recipe pamphlet in a gift box. Being non-potable allows for more channels of distribution and easier access for the home cocktail enthusiast and professionals alike. Additionally, Berg & Hauck makes an excellent chef’s tool for flavorings in recipes.

We are fully convinced that because of the change to Vision Wine & Spirits, we can, together with Vision’s intimate knowledge of all channels of the market, marketing skills and proven track record, bring the development of The Bitter Truth and Berg & Hauck in the so important USA market to the next level and are looking forward to exciting times ahead,” said Stephan Berg.

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.

Casino Cocktail

Ingredients
60 ml (2 oz) Gin
5ml (1/8 oz) fresh Lemon Juice
5ml (1/8 oz) Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

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

The 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…

Bridal Cocktail

Ingredients:
60 ml (2 oz) Dry Gin
30ml (1 oz) Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

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

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.

Smoking Monkey Cocktail

Ingredients:
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Banana infued Jameson Irish Whiskey
15 ml (1/2 oz) Pedro Ximenez Sherry
3 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
Smoky Islay Scotch for misting

Instructions:
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.

Eye Opener Cocktail with Robert Hess

Mornings can be difficult to deal with, especially if you had a night out before and you are still suffering from the aftermath of your alcoholic delights. Fortunately our forefathers and mothers restoring concoctions that might help gently lift our eyelids to greet the day. In this episode, Robert Hess shows the Eye Opener Cocktail based on some aged rum, apricot liqueur and an egg yolk making it perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Eye Opener Cocktail

Ingredients:
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) aged Rum
1/2 teaspoon The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
1/2 teaspoon Orange Curacao Liqueur
1 teaspoon grenadine
1/2 egg yolk

Instructions:
Dry shake to emulsify ingredients. Add ice to shaker and shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.

King`s Elixir Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

This gin cocktail plays off Jamie Boudreau`s Golden Ration for cocktails: 1 1/2:3/4:1/4 but here he reduces the amount of vermouth to 1/2 ounce. To cut the sweetness of the Gold Wasser (not schlager) ever so slightly, Jamie utilizes a simple technique using lemon zest.

King`s Elixir Cocktail

Ingredients:
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Gin
15 ml (1/2 oz) Dolin Blanc Vermouth
8 ml (1/4 oz) Goldwasser
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Instructions:
Stir ingredients with ice. Spritz oil of large lemon zest over chilled coupe. Add zest to glass. Strain cocktail into glass then remove lemon zest.

Apricot Lady Cocktail with Robert Hess

In this episode of The Cocktail Spirit, Robert answers a viewers question about using egg whites in cocktails. Specifically, he discusses health concerns as well as how egg whites enhance or change the texture of a cocktail and how to incorporate them. To demonstrate how to incorporate an egg white into a cocktail, Robert dry shakes all the ingredients before adding ice and shaking the Apricot Lady Cocktail briefly to dilute and chill.

Apricot Lady Cocktail

Ingredients:
30 ml (1 oz) white Rum
30 ml (1 oz) The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh Lime Juice
8 ml (1/4 oz ) Orange Curacao Liqueur
1/2 egg white

Instructions:
Vigorously dry shake all ingredients to fully emulsify egg white. Remove strainer spring, if used, and add ice to mixing tin. Shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.

Chamomile Sour Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

At Canon, Jamie Boudreau`s bar in Seattle, WA, they take pride in the sours they create each and every night. Like many cocktails served at Canon, sours are made with 2:1, rich simple syrup. In the Chamomile Sour, Scotch is infused with the plentiful, calming herb to create a truly delightful, rich, yet light take on the classic sour style cocktail.

Chamomile Sour Cocktail

Ingredients:
60 ml (2 oz) Chamomile infused Scotch Whisky
25 ml (3/4 oz ) fresh Lemon Juice
15 ml (1/2 oz) Sugar Syrup (2:1)
3 to 4 drops The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
1 egg white

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to mixing tin. Froth or whip with a dairy frother or dry shake to emulsify. Add ice to tin and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Gently apply drops of bitters to foam. Draw a toothpick or straw through the bitters to create a nice design.

Eagel`s Dream Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Eagle`s Dream Cocktail is a light and delicious gin cocktail with a frothy texture which is just perfect for brunch. Robert Hess adds some great advice on dry shaking a cocktail by using the spring of a hawthorne strainer. This little trick is adding a thick froth to cocktails that use egg white and require a dry shake without adding dilution.

Eagel`s Dream Cocktail

Ingredients:
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Dry Gin
15 ml (1/2 oz) The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur
15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. granulated Sugar
1 Egg White

Instructions:
Dry shake without ice. (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. Strain into cocktail glass.

Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Queen’s Park Swizzle is a rich and flavorful rum based tiki cocktail and was a favorite of tiki legend Trader Vic. The drink was named for the oasis that was the Queen’s Park Hotel, formerly located in Trinidad’s Port of Spain. Robert demonstrates the proper swizzling technique as well as a quick and easy way to crush ice with common household items, should you not have a Lewis Bag on hand.

Queen`s Park Swizzle

Ingredients:
90 ml (3 oz) aged Rum
8-10 Mint Leaves
15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh Lime Juice
15 ml (1/2 oz) Demerara Sugar Syrup (2:1)
1 dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Instructions:

Gently muddle mint leaves in a Collins or long drink glass. Add rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and bitters. Fill the glass with crushed ice and swizzle to combine ingredients. Finally top with more crushed ice and serve with straws. Cheers

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.

Rum Ramsey Cocktail

Ingredients:
50 ml (1 3/4 oz) Rum
10 ml (1/4 oz) Bourbon Whiskey
10 ml (1/4 oz) fresh Lime Juice
1/4 tsp granulated sugar
1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

Instructions:
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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.

Fourth Regiment Cocktail

Ingredients:
30 ml (1 oz ) Rye Whiskey
30 ml (1 oz ) Sweet Vermouth
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
1 dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
Lemon zest

Instructions:
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.

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!

Hooker Cocktail

Ingredients:
15 ml (1/2 oz) Egg White
30 ml (1 oz) Bourbon Whiskey
15 ml (1/2 oz) Averna Amaro
8 ml (1/4 oz) peaty Scotch Whisky
25 ml (3/4 oz) fresh Orange Juice
8 ml (1/4 oz) Sugar Syrup
3 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
Malty Belgian beer on top

Instructions:
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.

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.

Delmonico Cocktail

Ingredients:
30 ml (1 oz) Dry Gin
15 ml (1/2 oz) Brandy or Cognac
15 ml (1/2 oz) Sweet Vermouth
15 ml (1/2 oz) Dry Vermouth
1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

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

Good Spirts News Reviews of The Bitter Truth products

Good Spirits News
Blair 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.