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Drinks with Bitters - The List is Long!

Drinks with Bitters - The List is Long!

Drinks with bitters go so far beyond what you might first imagine. While we have come to know bitters as a bittering and flavoring element of a handful of classic cocktails, they are actually extremely versatile and can be used in so many more ways than just your Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac or Champagne Cocktail. Classic cocktails, twists on classics, and completely new and innovative creations behind the bar are calling for bitters. While bitters have become a bit intimidating for some sitting in the bar stool, it is always a wonderful rule of thumb to remember that the classic definition of...

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Bitters: What You Need To Know

Bitters: What You Need To Know

Bitters. You see them on the menu at trendy bars and you hear how they’re all the rage right now. But what are bitters, how do you use bitters, and why should you care about bitters? Well, here’s everything you need to know about bitters. What Are Bitters? Bitters are made by taking a flavorless base alcohol and infusing it with spices, fruits, bark, roots, seeds, and other aromatics. The end result is usually packaged into small bottles and used in cocktails and other drinks. Flavor-wise, bitters range from the traditional - like orange and citrus - to more new-age...

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Strongwater in Chicago and Detroit

Strongwater in Chicago and Detroit

The Strongwater Team has just returned to our lovely home of Colorado from a two week trip to Chicago and Detroit! We went to participate in the Renegade Craft fairs in those cities as well as to see family, friends, and a host of the funkiest bars and restaurants the cities have to offer.  We checked the architectural boat tour off of Jessie's major wish list and even got to hit a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.      We checked out some local spirits, sipping on Two James Gin and checking out the very cool Detroit City Distillery. We...

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So Much More Than Cocktails! Cooking with Bitters and Shrubs

So Much More Than Cocktails! Cooking with Bitters and Shrubs

  For so many of us, our knowledge of bitters comes from the cocktail world. We know that to make so many classic and well-balanced drinks, bitters are an essential element and a must in a well-stocked home bar. Various styles and flavors of bitters pair with anything from ryes, whiskeys and bourbons to tequilas, mezcals, rum, and gin.      Bitters are blends of specific barks, roots, and herbs that have been infused in alcohol, and then used in dashes or drops to enhance and bring botanical flavors to drinks.       Bitters are essentially herbal tinctures that originated...

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