Bar Keep Lavender Spice Bitters are a delicious addition to any cocktail! They combine floral lavender with warm cinnamon spice and an earthy piney flavor.
Bar Keep’s Story:
In the world of craft bitters, Bar Keep’s line of of organic aromatic cocktail bitters has a unique origin story. Most bitters companies are founded by bartenders or cocktail enthusiasts who thought that their homemade bitters were good enough to break into the retail market. Not the case with Bar Keep’s bitters. Contest winners created these amazing flavors!
In 2009 LA’s Greenbar Distillery, already the largest portfolio of organic spirits in the world, decided to break into the world of organic cocktail bitters. They decided to enlist the help of professional bartenders, because they were more familiar with distilling spirits than bitters. Many bartenders were already perfecting their own recipes on a smaller scale, so it was a great plan. To find the best bartender-made bitters in the nation, they organized the first ever Bar-made Bitters Challenge. To enter you had to be a professional, practicing bartender in the U.S.. Having an amazing bitters recipe you’d be willing to share with the world helped too.
The entries were narrowed down to fifteen finalists, and a panel of over 100 bartenders and fans sniffed and sampled to choose a winner for each of their three categories, Fruit, Herb, & Spice. Each of the winners had their recipes produced, marketed, and released. The three original flavors were so popular in fact, that the line has since expanded by way of even more bartender competitions. Every flavor has the names and faces of the winning bartenders featured prominently on the label.
The winner is:
The winner in the “Spice” category was an English Lavender & Spice Bitters created by John Hogan and Tobin Ellis of Las Vegas’s BarMagic at The Pelican Club. Their Lavender Spice recipe balances fresh lavender’s intensely floral notes with its masculine pine-y nature and a bit of warm cinnamon spice. Floral flavors like lavender can sometimes be overpowering. A few drops in the right cocktail however, will practically transport you to a summer flower meadow buzzing with bees. These bitters are an ideal partner for gin cocktails and play well with most other drinks made with clear spirits.
Still not sure how you might put Bar Keep Lavender Spice bitters to good use in your own home bar? Check out the video recipe below for inspiration!
The Amber Outlaw
1.5 oz. Amber or Old Tom Gin
75 oz. Orange Liqueur
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
6 dashes Bar Keep Lavender Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until frosty and strain into coupe or cocktail glass.