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 seamless glass bitters bottles look great behind the bar or on the shelf at home. They’re cut with a beautiful Yarai pattern, look stunning, and add a heavy 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? 😉
Beyond being my favorite looking bitters bottle it’s also quite functional. Being 85ml it’s perfect for often used bitters like Angostura or Peychaud's. Because of the long tapered stem it’s comfortable to hold between your fingers in a variety of positions and flip for a dash.
The dasher top uses a cork seal and unlike some others that I’ve used the cork doesn’t come off after being refilled a certain number of times.
Stylish and functional
Yarai pattern cut into glass
Comfortable to hold and use
Made by M-TAKA in Japan
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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.
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!
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!
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.