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!
These traditional Hawthorn strainers look stunning in gold and are just as classy as everything else made by Yukiwa. The strainer is one piece Japanese 18/8 stainless steel except for the coil which comes off easily for cleaning. The two prongs fit nicely on both shaker tins and mixing glasses. The + shape hole pattern is simple and classy. Yukiwa is etched into the handle but I like that there isn’t a brand logo cut out of the metal.I’ve personally had the silver and gold Yukiwa Hawthorne strainers for over two years now and they both still look like new after nightly use. That being said, I don’t run them through the dishwasher because they’re easy enough to clean by hand.
These Yukiwa bar spoons are my favorite for a lot of reasons. The tight twist of the shaft feels great and makes them easy to control while stirring. The edges aren’t sharp but still provide a good grip. I’ve also noticed a lot of poorly designed bar spoons that have little to no curve at the spoon and I hate that; it’s like working with a flat paddle! The Yukiwa is set at a nice 30° angle. This angle helps when stirring to reduce agitation and keep air bubbles from forming in the liquid.The teardrop at the top is perfectly sized and weighted to maintain a good balance; it isn’t top or bottom heavy at all. This makes it easier to maintain control and avoid the annoying clinking and clanking of the glass we all try to avoid! Lastly the spoon itself has nicely rounded edges, which may not seem like a big deal until you’ve seen some of the poorly stamped bar spoons that look like unfinished sheet metal.A good stir is an art form. It takes lots of practice! A good barspoon is a pleasure to use, makes learning easier, and improves an already great stir.Did I mention that these look fantastic? 😄
Fine twist makes for easy handling
Angled spoon allows for a proper stir; keeping air bubbles out and reducing agitation
Perfectly balanced; not top or bottom heavy
Nicely finished edges and thoughtful design show real craftsmanship and quality
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!Tatiana’s Take 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!
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.