More bitters on the way…
Seems like there`s a steady stream of cocktail bitters coming these days..well, i don´t complain..i think its pretty much fun with bitters. If you need them all? well that`s another topic of discussion.. But bitters are FUN and in my opinion – yes they are useful in all their variations because we find new ways to use them because cocktails also develop..
What is interesting too with bitters i think, is that it takes some playing around with them before you get to know them and what they go best in so there´s much time and space for experimenting.
Here´s a new bitters from Adam Elmegirab who since the release of Adam Elmegirab’s Boker’s reformulation in July 2009, has been researching the work of our cocktail forefathers for ideas and inspiration to follow up with a unique product of his own.
The Dandelion & Burdock bitters are based on a drink he used to love in his childhood, namely the traditional British beverage called Dandelion & Burdock and which is believed to have been invented sometimes in the 1300th by by the Italian priest Saint Thomas Aquinas. As with many bitters, the original purpose was medical.
Layers of complex flavours including ginger, anise, lemon, orange, liquorice, clove, honey, muscavado and malt; which combines to give an earthy, bittersweet product backed up by natural sweetness.
Like the Boker´s bitters the bottle is hand-labeled and pretty cute if you ask me;-)
Dandelion & Burdock Bitters adds depth to a number of cocktails such as Gin & Tonic or in classics such as the Martini, Martinez or Tequila Old Fashioned.
Here´s a great cocktail to use these bitters in, the Chiapas Old Fashioned, created by Adam for Yatai in 2009.
CHIAPAS OLD FASHIONED
50ml reposado Tequila
12.5ml green tea infused sugar syrup
2 dashes Dandelion & Burdock Bitters
Strip white grapefruit zest
Stir until ice cold and strain over ice into a chilled rocks glass
My batteries died so i don`t have any pic of this drink. Its a very refreshing drink and i think these bitters goes very well with tequila. Of course i had to mix something up with rum as well..
SAINTS & SINNERS
2 oz Smith&Cross Jamaican Rum
.75 oz fresh lime
0.5 oz sugar cane syrup
1 oz pineapple juice
3 dashes Dandelion & Burdock Bitters
Shake and strain into a glass with crushed ice and garnish with a pineapple leaf , lime wedge and a 2 more dashes of the bitters on the ice.
Since the Smith&Cross is 114 proof this is a strong drink. I find it quite refreshing.
I like these bitters, i like them a lot – they have a very nice and complex flavor. i need to play more with them and cannot wait to use them more with tequila and also mezcal..
I was curious how the bitters would go with rum too and they go quite well i think. Now i used a dark rum – but i believe a good white would go even better due to the herbal flavors in the bitters.
You can contact Adam for these bitters here.