Yes you have landed in the right place…  if you surfed to… an informal guide to bitters and cocktail culture from  the good people at Morningstar Artisan Foods.

  • We are Brokers of Artisan Foods along with being a premiere source of Bitters and Mixology Supplies so there’s all sorts of information on this site and as my old beach bum friend Big Charlie Adams used to say… more recipes than the law allows.

  • If you click on the images you will open a PDF that will have your recipe along with several others associated with the same Spirit or Ingredients.  You can print on paper or card stock or just save in a Recipes Folder and save a tree.

  • Some of the Makers actually get their own pages that showcase their collection of recipes. Look for the banners like Dale DeGroff’s that with allow you access into the mind of a genius.

  • We are under Construction
    By the way for any of you visiting the site… linking the new recipes to printable PDFs will be the last thing I do in the renovation so please be patient on the ones that have the     Ciao…Jerry

Let’s Start with the World’s Best Premium Olive Juice from Dirty Sue.

12 years ago well-known LA Barman and Brand Ambassador Eric Tecosky (ET) was in the middle of a late night rush of Dirty Martinis when he ran out of Olive Juice…  While he was draining the juice from a gallon sized jar of olives a light went on in his head and he decided that there had to be a better way. 

Traveling to Andalusia, Spain the world’s top origin for olive and olive oil production he learned how Olives take the journey Farm to Bar.  Soon after Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice was born.  Today it is the preferred choice of Professional Barmen and Home Mixologists across the country.  Click Here or on any of the Dirty Sue Images to View the Recipes.

Experimentation is the key…

Mister Bitters’ Grapefruit and Agave Bitters is a good example of how you can use bitters to unify or stretch the of the flavor profile and mouthfeel of your favorite cocktails (that don’t call for bitters) in a pleasant direction.  If you enjoy Tequila or Mezcal, Grapefruit and Agave are natural elements to play with.

For Retailers taking a peek at the site this is an example of what some of our Shelf Talkers look like…

Even More Recipes and Perspective From King Cocktail Dale DeGroff

This is a small sampling of what you will find on…
Dale’s Page… Click Here or on Image Above.

If you are into the Classic Old Fashioned try a riff with 2 dashes of Dale’s Pimento Bitters instead of Angostura Bitters.

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters Recipe Guide
 Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters Recipe Guide Page 2

Okay so you’re interested but don’t know where to start… 

  • Try Bittermilk Cocktail Compounds… these are Advanced Bar Syrups!  In other words all the hard work has been done for you by total savants.  All you do is add booze and in some recipes club soda.

Bittermilk Cocktail Compounds
  • Perfection is always a good place to start and it will give you a perspective on what Craft Cocktails are all about.

  • If you like you enjoy a more spirits forward cocktail simply cut back on the bittermilk a bit.  Remember a little Bittermilk goes a long way!

  • Click Here or on any of the Bittermilk images in this cluster to view all the Bittermilk recipe videos.

Bittermilk Cocktail Compounds

Angostura Aromatic Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters and Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6 are known as the Holy Trinity.  They are all excellent Bitters, referenced in hundreds of recipes and the cornerstone of Bitters in Cocktail Culture.

Pre-Prohibition there were lots of Honest John’s.  Most of it was for bitters purported medicinal qualities.  Prohibition basically put them out of business. Over the last 10 years the renewed interest in cocktail culture has inspired new makers to create their own signature bitters and recreate legendary cocktail bitters lost in prohibition.

We recommend experimenting with different bitters that as a matter of personal taste you may like better than the Holy Trinity in some of your favorite cocktails and mocktails.

Good Examples are substituting Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters or Bittercube Bolivar Bitters or Mister Bitters Fig and Cinnamon Bitters in an Old Fashioned.  They are all quite different than one made with Angostura and a nice change of pace.

The Creation of Angostura Aromatic Bitters dates back to just after the Napoleonic Wars and was originally used for it medicinal properties. Angostura is made with over 40 ingredients and is synonymous with several classic cocktails… the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri, plus a slew of Tiki drinks.

Most cocktails only use a couple dashes of Angostura, but now bartenders are playing with recipes that use much heftier portions.

The Angostura or Trinidad Sour holds an incredible 1-1 1/2 ounces of Angostura bitters which means Angostura is the only boozy ingredient in the mix.  It is also delicious straight up as a digestif!

Peychaud’s Aromatic Bitters recipe originated in Saint-Domingue and arrived in New Orleans in 1796.  Peychaud’s is licorice forward. It is also unique among aromatic bitters for its tart and fruity flavors rhubarb and the cherry candy, some spice, clove, saffron and orange zest before a long bitter gentian finish.

Try 5-6 dashes of Peychaud’s  added to 3 oz. of your favorite London Dry Gin.  It is called Pink Gin and is a great change of pace to a Dry Martini!  Try 5-6 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters in soda water as a refreshing tonic.

Regans’ Orange Bitters #6  from cocktail expert Gary Regans is made with orange peel, cardamom, caraway, and coriander from a recipe in Charles H Baker, Jr’s ‘The Gentleman’s Companion.  Gentian, cinchona, and quassia added to round things out. It is alcohol base, made in New Orleans.

In 1990 Orange bitters were hard to find so Regans is the original bitters of the new wave of makers and a staple of Barmen around the country.

Try Regans’ in a Martinez… 1 1/2 oz. gin…1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth… 1/4 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur… 2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters…  an Orange slice for garnish… it is the original Martini

House of Malpighi Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar can make for an interesting Cocktail ingredient.  We recommend some really great makers that use only 2 ingredients in their vinegar… simply grape must or grape must and wine vinegar.

When you shop for Balsamic Vinegar always look at the ingredients… if you see emulsifiers, coloring agents or anything other than the 2 ingredients mentioned above it is probably something you wouldn’t want to ingest.