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.
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.
Then you’ll enjoy this Bergamot bitters from Miracle Mile Bitters Co! Infused with Bergamot oil, orange, cinnamon, summit hops, and other herbs and spices this bitters pairs well with clear spirits like gin and Pisco.
Very sweet and lightly bitter it does taste of bergamot but it’s not overpowering. I use it in a gin sour with some egg white. I think it’s a great combination of lavender flavors. It’s also good for Long Island ice tea, Jamaican rum, and an interesting twist on your standard Ice Pick!
The Orange Bitters from Miracle Mile Bitters Co. are a spicier take on a classic recipe. They open with a bright clean orange peel and orange juice flavor and finish spicy with cardamon, clove, and cinnamon. They’re not too bitter and have a sugar back.
They’re a nice way to mix things up for drinks that usually call for orange bitters like a Martinez or a Bronx. Personally though, I like to use them in a tequila old fashioned or tiki drinks because of their spicy finish!
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!