Recipes for Bitter Ex Bitters:

 

Manhattan

The quintessential classic brown liquor cocktail, the Manhattan, born in the late 1800s in the New York borough of the same name, features the earthy, caramel, or rustic flavors of whiskey sweetened gently with fortified wine (vermouth), and enhanced with the subtle touch of bitters. We like to be less subtle, blending two of our favorite flavors and having some fun with this cocktail when most mixologists are purists. It was nearly a tie in our taste tests, but Root Beer just edged out Citrus as a pairing with the must-have Aromatic. This drink is one that begs to be played around with, whether it’s the whiskey choice, the vermouth option, or the various possibilities of Bitter Ex Bitters, you are sure to have a variety of winners right in your glass.

2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

½ oz Sweet vermouth

3 dashes "Make-Up Sex" Aromatic Bitters

3 dashes "Float Yer Boat" Root Beer Bitters

1 Orange cut

1 Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Build over ice in a mixing glass, stir, strain into coupe or ice filled rocks glass, garnish with orange

 

Pegu Club

The Pegu Club Cocktail was created in the Pegu Club Bar in Rangoon, Burma (present day Yangon, Myanmar). A British Officer’s hideaway during the British Empire’s reign in Southeast Asia, the members of Pegu Club championed the dryness of gin blended with orange curacao, adding fresh lime juice for a tart, brisk complexity for their cocktail namesake. The often overlooked and underappreciated classic cocktail from the 1870s is generally accentuated with either an aromatic or a citrus bitters. We firmly believe it should be a bit of both.

2 oz London Dry Gin

¾ oz orange curacao

¾ oz fresh lime juice

2 dashes "Make-Up Sex" Aromatic Bitters

2 dashes "Drunk Texting" Citrus Bitters

Shake well with cracked ice, strain into a chilled coupe

 

Rum Swizzle

The national drink of Bermuda, the Rum Swizzle, is a tropical blend that has roots of, well, roots. The drink originated from a blend of spruce beer (a form of fermented beverage made from the spruce tree not unlike a root beer or a birch beer), with rum, fruit juices, and sweetener, and of course, is balanced carefully by the tartness of citrus bitters.

1.5 oz Gold Rum

2 oz orange juice

2 oz pineapple juice

¼ oz grenadine

2-3 dashes "Drunk Texting" Citrus Bitters

Build over ice in a Collins glass, stir

 

Bitters End Tequila Cocktail

Finding a tequila drink that isn't a margarita is one thing, and then finding one that is bitters-heavy is another, but finding one that is delicious? Rare. The Bitters End Tequila Cocktail covers it all, and uses both the root beer and coffee flavors to blend a new richness to an already deep drink.

1.5 oz Gold Tequila

1 oz Simple Syrup

½ oz Amaro (any Italian liqueur will do)

2-3 dashes "Float Yer Boat" Root Beer Bitters

2-3 dashes "Cream Yourself" Coffee Bitters

Orange Peel

Build over ice, stir, garnish with orange peel

 

Maui Mule

The Moscow Mule has cousins, and this one is tropical and lovely. Counter the sweetness with some Bitter Ex aromatic bitters to allow a delicious balance of tart, sweet, spicy, and bitter.

1.5 oz citrus vodka 

0.5 oz lime juice

0.25 oz simple syrup

1 oz pineapple juice

Shake over ice and strain into Collins glass of fresh ice

Top with:

2 oz ginger beer

5-6 dashes Make Up Sex Aromatic Bitters

 

Edward Albee

Is it because he wrote the play A Delicate Balance? Is it because this drink is a riff on the Beachcomber and Albee wrote Sea Scape? I'm not sure because I was drunk when I named it and can't recall why. But he deserves a drink named after him, and you deserve a rich and refreshing cocktail tonight.

1.5 oz aged dark rum

0.5 oz maraschino liqueur 

0.25 oz triple sec

0.25 oz simple syrup

0.5 oz lime juice

3-4 dashes Drunk Texting Citrus Bitters

Stir and strain in rocks glass over fresh ice

 

Backwards and In High Heels

This one I remember naming! It's a favorite quote about Ginger Rogers: "She did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels". Ginger, you deserve this ginger liqueur cocktail named after you. (We like Koval or Canton's liqueur)

1 oz Stolen overproof rum

1 oz ginger liqueur 

.75 oz lemon juice

.75 oz lime juice

.75 oz orange juice

.75 oz demerera simple syrup

5-6 dashes Make Up Sex Aromatic Bitters

2-3 dashes Drunk Texting Citrus Bitters

Shake all ingredients and serve down in small rocks glass; garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry

 

Jets to Brazil

This is a citrus forward drink for citrus lovers. Get that boost of vitamin C when your sipping on this homage to Blake Schwarzenbach (check their album title) and find balance with the brandy and aromatic bitters.

1.5 oz orange or citrus vodka (we like St. George's citrus)

0.5 oz cognac (brandy)

1 oz orange juice

0.5 oz simple syrup

0.5 oz triple sec

2 dashes Drunk Texting Citrus Bitters

1 dash Make Up Sex Aromatic Bitters 

Shake all ingredients and serve up

 

Reconciliation 

A mescal/bourbon sour that uses a ton of bitters. Delish!

1.5 oz mescal

0.5 oz bourbon

1 oz lemon juice

0.5 oz demerera simple syrup 

25 dashes Make Up Sex Aromatic Bitters

Shake all ingredients and serve down

 

The Sawyer

This is a pretty easy drink to make, and it is quite bitters heavy. Finding a drink that uses bitters well that doesn’t use a brown alcohol is rare, and The Sawyer has levels of complexity that make every sip enjoyable.

Ingredients:

2 ounces dry gin

½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

½ ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)

14 dashes “Make Up Sex” Aromatic Bitters

7 dashes “Float Yer Boat” Root Beer Bitters

7 dashes “Drunk Texting” Citrus Bitters

Lime twist

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake, strain into a chilled rocks glass.

 

Dark and Stormy

This is a surprisingly refreshing drink. It’s important to choose a spicy ginger beer. I prefer Goslings or Barritts, but there are many on the market that are made with fresh ginger. Adding a splash of simple syrup is only important if the ginger beer doesn’t have an inherent sweetness so know your product. Steep fresh ginger in your simple syrup if you like it extra spicy.

Ingredients:

2 oz blackstrap rum

1 oz light rum

4 oz ginger beer

½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

½ oz simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)

3 dashes “Drunk Texting” Citrus Bitters

1 lime wedge

Directions:

Fill a short cocktail glass with ice. Add in light rum, bitters, lime juice, syrup, and ginger beer and stir.

Slowly pour blackstrap rum on top to create a "stormy" look. Garnish with lime.

 

The Garden Tonic

This is an herbaceous and minty version of a gin and tonic. As refreshing as it is complex, this cocktail will satisfy those who don’t love sweet cocktails.

Ingredients:

1½ oz gin

2 teaspoons St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

3 ounces tonic water

4 mint leaves

3 cucumber slices

2 dashes "Stalking Ex" Spicy Celery Bitters

Fresh lime wedge

Directions:

In the bottom of a collins glass, agitate the mint leaves and cucumber slices with the bitters. Add ice. Pour in the liqueur and gin. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

 

Antigua Old Fashioned

A riff on a classic drink, the whiskey is traded out for an aged rum giving the richness some tropical fruit undertones. The coffee bitters allow for a layer of nutty spice to come out. Easy to make and even easier to drink.

2½ oz aged rum

½ tsp superfine sugar

3 dashes “Cream Yourself” Coffee Bitters

Stir all ingredients to dissolve the sugar, add ice, and stir again.

Finish with a strip of orange peel.

 

Brooklyn

The New York borough often plays second fiddle to its counterpart, as does the drink, but both their resurgence have occurred lately, and for good reason. Using fortified wine (dry vermouth), maraschino liqueur, an amaro, and a touch of bitters, this cocktail will rival that of most brown liquor cocktails, particularly if you used the bitters as recommended!

2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

½ oz Dry vermouth

¼ oz maraschino liqueur

¼ oz Amaro (any Italian liqueur will do)

3 dashes “Cream Yourself” Coffee Bitters

3 dashes “Drunk Texting” Citrus Bitters

1 Orange cut

1 Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Build over ice in a mixing glass, stir, strain into coupe or ice filled rocks glass, garnish with orange

 

Bloody Maria

In this south-of-the-border spin on the brunch-favorite Bloody Mary, boring vodka is replaced by earthy tequila. The Bloody Maria gains extra kick from a dose of horseradish and a few dashes of spicy celery bitters. Brunch becomes a fiesta with this tequila-spiked Bloody Mary.

Ingredients:

2 oz Tequila (blanco/silver)

4 oz Tomato juice

1⁄2 oz Lemon Juice

4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes Louisiana Hot Sauce

2 dashes Cholula Hot Sauce

1 tsp Prepared horseradish, to taste

1 pinch Celery salt

1 pinch Ground black pepper

4-5 dashes "Stalking Ex" Celery Bitters

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake briefly and strain into a pint glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, a pickle, and whatever else you can imagine. Be creative!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies (soft/chewy)

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

¼ teaspoon "Cream Yourself" Coffee Bitters

10 dashed "Make Up Sex" Aromatic Bitters

Instructions:

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, bitters, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2.     Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

3.     Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.