Altar- Chi Herbal Martini

Altar Chi Herbal Martini

Lowtails (low-alcohol cocktials) and non-alcoholic "mocktails" are appearing on more and more bar menus, and Altar makes it easy for home-bartenders to create their own craft lowtails at home.  You don't want to add too many other elements as the flavors can quickly become "muddied". Chi is a complex blend of cherries, mint, ginger, juniper, and sumac making it a natural fit for a herbaceous gin. Explore the rest of the herbal blends http://www.altarco.com/.  

Inner Peace:

2 oz Altar- Chi Herbal Martini  

.75 oz Gin

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.25 oz Cherry Heering

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

 

Bakon Bloody Mary - Bloody Good

Bakon Bloody Mary

I know I know, bacon vodka. For some, it sounds like the greatest invention ever. For others, their worst nightmare. While we agree that it is WEIRD, particularly on it's own, it truly makes one of the best Bloody Mary's we've had. There is an fatty, buttery mouthfeel that needs some heavy spice to cut through the mix. Enter Dimitri's Bloody Mary Seasoning in Chipotle-Habenero flavor for the mix, along with local salt mavens, Salinity Salt Chipotle Finishing Salt for the rim. These take your Bloody Mary from ordinary to extraordinary with a fiery kick. 

Try mixing up a Bakon Bloody Mary for yourself, and let us know what are some of your other favorite Bloody Mary recipes.  

2 oz. Bakon Vodka

1-2 tsp Dimitri Chipotle-Habenero Bloody Mary Mix

6-8 oz Tomato Juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds.  Wipe rim of glass with cut lime. Gently roll lip of glass in salt placed in a shallow bowl. Pour contents of cocktail shaker unstrained  into glass.

Optional: Garnish with celery, bacon, or pickled veggies. 

Scrappy's Bitters

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Scrappy's Bitters first hit the bitters scene in 2008 when it wasn't the crowded market it's become today, and they have only grown more successful since that time. Part of their success can be attributed to their commitment to organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. Scrappy's "craft" bitters are perfect representations of the ingredients they contain along with a balance of carefully selected herbs and spices. We mixed up a few of their recommendations, one classic cocktail and two original cocktails from influential West Coast bartenders. 

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend

(recipe from Phil Thompson, of Tavern Law

1.25 oz Gin

.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

.5 oz Aperol

.75 oz Grapefruit Juice

.5 oz Lemon Juice

Float Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

(recipe from Allison Weber) 

1.5 oz Weste Bourne Navy Strength Gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

.75 oz Amaro Nonino

1/8 oz Fernet

2 dashes of Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

 

Martinez

1 oz Old Tom Gin

2 oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes Scrappy's Orange Bitters

1/8 oz Maraschino

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist. 

How to make Orange Bitters

Winter Bitters

Winter Bitters

I love bitters. I love making them, sampling them, and infusing just about anything I can get my hands on to see if it makes sense in bitters (within reason of course). As such, my collection of randomly assorted and labeled jars occasionally means the bitter blends get forgotten on the basement shelf to languish into obscurity. But no more! After recreating an original or classic bitters recipe, it's only fitting that it should be destined for a vessel to showcase your time and patience. Many craft cocktail establishments have embraced the "old-timey" crystal bitters bottles which give their bars a vintage feel and are a great conversation starter whether out at the bar, or making drinks at home with friends. 

Even if you're not into making your own bitters, you can transfer store-bought bitters into the vessel for a more elegant look.  

If you are interested in diving into the world of making your own bitters, the recipes below are simply a starting place, so feel free to experiment with your own blends of spices and flavors.  

Orange Bitters:

350ml Everclear (or high-proof vodka)

3/4 cup dried orange peels

1 1/2 tablespoons coriander

1/2 teaspoon fennel

3 cardamom pods

1 teaspoon gentian.  

Place in a sealed jar and let sit for two weeks. Lightly shake jar once a day, and strain through coffee filter after 14 days into clean vessel.  

Winter Bitters:

350ml Everclear (or high-proof vodka) 

6 whole star anise pods

1 vanilla bean

1/2 tbsp cloves

Place in a sealed jar and let sit for two weeks. Lightly shake jar once a day, and strain through coffee filter after 14 days into clean vessel.