Who's Serving What: Housemade Bitters
Housemade Bitters Across the Country!
From Manhattans to Old Fashioneds, bitters have long been a staple in cocktail culture, but rather than relying on Angostura or Peychaud's, mixologists are making their own traditional and flavored bitters from scratch. Embodying the "craft" philosophy by making bitters in-house gives mixologists creative possibilities to deepen the flavor profile of their drinks, and lends an authentic quality to any cocktail. Below are a few standout examples from bars and restaurants nationwide.
|The Angry Angelino|
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Mixologist: Katie Provenza
Description: At Michelin-starred Providence, mixologist Katie Provenza mixes up a cocktail with a little kick to contrast the delicacy of renowned Chef Michael Cimarusti's seafood dishes. The Angry Angelino combines blanco tequila, Fernet Branca, ginger, lime, and jalapeño bitters for a drink that stands on its own, yet pairs well with even the most subtle flavors.
|Mixologist Derrick Bass at Willie Jane|
Restaurant: Willie Jane
Location: Venice, CA
Mixologist: Derrick Bass
Description: Mixologist Derrick Bass creates new cocktails weekly featuring various housemade bitters, including vanilla bean espresso bitters for the Redneck Russian, mixed with espresso infused bourbon, cynar, and cream, as well as wasabi bitters for the Wah Sah Bee?, mixed with vodka and Averna amaro.
Restaurant: Taste by Niche
Location: St. Louis, MO
Mixologist: Kyle Mathis
Description: Lead mixologist Kyle Mathis incorporates his housemade pineapple bitters into the tiki-inspired cocktail, Tai One On, with Rittenhouse Rye, Black Bottle scotch, Orgeat, Dry Curaçao, and lime. In the Pushing Forward Back, Kyle mixes his housemade peach bitters with North Shore #11 gin, Big O Ginger, maple, lemon, and Gruet Brut, for a flavorful and refreshing cocktail.
|Cat's Pajamas at Sepia in Chicago|
Location: Chicago, IL
Mixologist: Griffin Elliott
Description: Head Bartender Griffin Elliott makes several bitters to enhance his vintage-meets-modern cocktails at Michelin-starred Sepia, including the Cat's Pajamas, made with Old Weller Antique, Averna, Carpano Antica, and maraschino cherry-vanilla bitters.
Location: Chicago, IL
Mixologist: Graham Crowe
Description: Mixologist Graham Crowe adds his hopped grapefruit bitters to the Neon Balaclava, which is his take on a Moscow Mule.
|The Swine Old-Fashioned|
Restaurant: Swine Southern Table & Bar
Location: Miami, FL
Mixologist: Josh Holliday
Description: Josh Holliday's innovative cocktails complement the elevated southern cuisine at Swine Southern Table & Bar. The Swine Old-Fashioned is made with bacon-washed Old Overholt Rye, maple syrup, and ' Swine' bitters.
Restaurant: Brennan's of Houston
Location: Houston, TX
Mixologist: Richard Middleton
Description: Mixologist Richard Middleton punches up a classic with the Devil's Cut Manhattan. Devil's Cut bourbon whiskey and Vya sweet vermouth get a subtle burst of sweetness from Brennan's vanilla bitters.