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 best thing about this Julep strainer from Yukiwa is that it's one piece. It's embarrassing when you're behind the bar and the inexpensive spot welded julep strainer you picked up falls apart, right? Don't let that happen to you! It fits very nicely on the mixing glasses we sell and like all things Yukiwa looks fantastic. It's made of Japanese 18/8 stainless steel and is manufactured in Niigata, Japan.
This version isn't plated like the gold version. It's 18/8 stainless steel so it’s fine in your standard high temperature dishwasher. Given the choice I still hand wash my tools but this one will stand the test of time.
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!
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.
After a lot of searching I finally found an inexpensive fine mesh strainer I like. The mesh is rolled into the rim and held firmly in place. The handle is one piece that runs through the strainer and isn't spot welded on. It won't pop off and because it's stainless steel it won't discolor.
Did I mention that this is a fine mesh strainer? It's not so tightly woven that it's hard to clean but unlike other so called fine mesh coco strainers it will actually catch all your mint and basically all of your ice shards.
Also, I think it looks fantastic! More importantly though, I suppose, is that it's light and the basket is just the right size. I like that it's handle is properly proportioned and isn't so gigantic that it gets in my way!