These limited-edition bitters from Miracle Mile Bitters Co. are a wonderful twist on Louis’s already delicious Forbidden Bitters. Barrel aged for six months in a Rye Whisky barrel from Sonoma County Distilling they’re truly something special and unique for the cocktail enthusiast.
Based on 19th-century aromatic bitters Barrel Aged Forbidden combines exotic root spices like Angelica root, Zedoary, and Galangal, along with aromatics such as Vanilla, Clove, Cinnamon and Cardamom. A perfect match for any aged spirit.
This variation is less spicy than the original and the aging process has definitely mellowed it out. It’s dry with notes of cinnamon and clove that shine through. You can also taste the tannins from the wood. It’s a wonderful companion for an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
These glass bitters bottles look great behind the bar or on the shelf at home. They’re simple, elegant, and add a dash of sophistication to your kit. If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan like I am they’ll make you feel like you’re mixing up a real magic potion. Who knows, maybe you are? 😉
Pretty is nice, but functional is better! This bottle is made by M-TAKA in Japan and is 50ml. It’s comfortable to hold between your fingers in a variety of positions and flip for a dash.
It’s also very important when making cocktails or creating new ones that the dash is consistent. Believe it or not it’s really something that can break the balance of your drink. I did a bit of quasi-scientific testing and determined that this dasher, when consistent force is applied, produces a 0.2ml dash give or take 0.02ml. It of course will change as the bottle gets very close to empty. Given that the bottle holds ~40ml or 225 dashes when filled to the top of the bulb I don’t think you’ll get too low during one shift. If you’re making 50 old fashioned’s in a row you may need a bigger bottle!
A few tips on a consistent dash:
Apply consistent force when dashing. Don’t be too gentle or forceful.
Don’t let the bottle get almost empty.
A common mistake is to flip the bottle over quickly as part of your first dash. Don’t do this! It traps an air bubble and makes your first dash really small. Instead, tilt it over a bit slower making sure there is no trapped air. Don’t worry, the bottle won’t leak but it will ensure your first dash is the same as your subsequent ones.
This was the first flavor that Miracle Mile Bitters Co. launched and it’s still one of their best! It’s crafted with Valrhona cacao nibs, three types of chilis, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and star anise. The gentle heat and sweet chocolate flavor make this hand crafted small-batch bitters perfect for tequila or rum cocktails. You can even add it to ice cream and coffee to mix things up!
Sweet chocolate mixed with just the right kind of light chili heat makes this bitters downright delicious. It has a dry cocoa and spicy cinnamon finish that warms you up. I often use it as a twist on a tequila old fashioned or in a dark rum Manhattan. If you mix it with chocolate syrup it’s pretty amazing on ice cream!
Licorice and Dandelion root are the foundation for Castilian. They’re combined with Gentian, Cardamom, Grains of Paradise and other spices. These bitters get their creamy sweetness from caramelized Demerara sugar. It’s great in Tequila and Mezcal drinks.
I have a slightly different take on the Castilian bitters. To me it's wonderfully creamy, having a softly citrus component, and being floral. It’s almost buttery! I think it’s perfect in a Corpse Revival or even a dash in The Last Word.
Made by Miracle Mile Bitters Co. these Yuzu bitters combine prominent notes of citrus peel with a bit of faint lemon, grapefruit, and thyme. They’re lemony and herbaceous but not spicy — nicely sweet and not too bitter.
Yuzu will benefit any cocktail with citrus flavors. I like it in a French 75, Tom Collins, and Southside. A drop in your gin martini at home will make a world of difference. Don’t forget to garnish with a lemon peel!
Yuzu is a variety of citrus that originated in central China and Tibet. During the Tang Dynasty it was introduced to Japan and Korea. It’s flavor is tart and closely resembles that of grapefruit with overtones of mandarin orange. It’s pretty interesting for a citrus variety because it grows in colder regions. It can even handle a small frost!