Bar Keep Lavender Spice Bitters

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 Lavender Spice Bitters

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.

Whisk sips featuring orange blossom water

orange blossom water

Orange Blossom Water has a rich history!

Orange blossom water is just as simple as it sounds: it’s water distilled with orange tree flowers to extract their essence. To make orange blossom water, they use bitter orange trees rather than sweet, the same kind of oranges used to make orange cocktail bitters! In this case though, they use the flowers rather than the tree’s fruit. They gently boil the flower petals in purified water, and then they capture and condense the heavily-scented steam. This produces a highly fragrant liquid with a subtle floral flavor.

The orange blossom water we carry at Whisk comes from Al Wadi Al Akhdar. They’ve been a leading Lebanese food brand throughout the world since 1979. They combine traditional and exotic touches with the latest food technology to bring high-quality authentic ingredients to the global market. They focus on traditional Lebanese & Middle Eastern specialties, and their flower essences are known to be some of the finest on the market.

Orange blossom water can be a surprise to people who have never tried it before. The scent is incredibly fresh and bright, like walking through an orange grove in spring! The flavor is pleasantly bitter and floral. A dash or two can give a dish or a cocktail an elegant otherworldly quality, but be careful not to add too much! A few extra drops can take your cocktail from delicate, subtle, and refined, to a big ol’ swig from Grandma’s perfume bottle.

Orange blossom water is traditionally used to add a subtle fragrance to sweets and pastries, but it lends itself perfectly to craft cocktails as well. For use in your home bar, orange blossom water works in any recipe or liquor that would pair well with orange bitters or the fresh flavor of citrus. Therefore, the possibilities are endless, but for a little bit of inspiration, please watch the cocktail recipe video below.

The Ramos Gin Fizz

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white (1 oz pasteurized egg white if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water
  • Ice
  • Club soda, chilled

Add the gin, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, cream, egg white, & orange flower water to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously without ice to combine.
Add a generous handful of ice and shake again until very frothy and shaker becomes frosty. Strain over ice into a highball or collins glass and top off with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice if desired.

Gift Ideas for Cooks

Wondering what to get the cook in your life who already seems to have everything?
Whisk to the rescue!

We have a ton of great gift ideas for the cook in your life, no matter their skill level!

Kitchen Knives:

Whisk offers a variety of amazing kitchen knives at all different price points. We’ve got a knife for everyone! If you’re looking for an everyday kitchen workhorse, we’d recommend a Chef’s knife or Santoku. We’ve got plenty to choose from!
We also have a variety of other every day knives like bread knives or paring knives. If you’re looking for something a little more specific, we’ve got you covered there too! Sushi knives, boning knives, carving knives, cleavers, or steak knives, Whisk is here for you. You can build your own set, or choose that one perfect blade. We even have high end carbon steel knives from Japan!Kitchen Knives | Whisk

Dutch Ovens:

A dutch oven is always a great gift for someone who loves to cook because they’re so versatile. You can prepare a ton of different dishes. Soups and stews, braises and roasts, casseroles and one pot dishes, you name it. You can even use them to bake bread! Dutch ovens are incredibly durable and distribute heat evenly, because they’re made of heavy duty enameled cast iron. We have a wide variety of options in different sizes and price points. Dutch Oven | Whisk

Brazilian Soapstone Pots:

Brazilian Soapstone Pots combine the function of a dutch oven with the beauty of natural soapstone. These beautiful pots have been made and used in Brazil for over 400 years! Soapstone is well known for its ability to retain and evenly distribute heat. For this reason they’re absolutely ideal for low and slow cooking in moist heat. 

They’re also perfect for serving. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous, but they also retain heat for so long that they’ll keep dinner warm all through your meal! Just don’t forget the trivet, the outside of the pots stays just as hot as the interior! To learn more check out our blog on these soapstone pots
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Cast Iron Skillets:

Seasoned cast iron skillets are another kitchen workhorse that makes a great gift. You can absolutely change the life of your favorite cook with one of these pans. They heat evenly, develop a natural not-stick seasoning as you use the, and can last several lifetimes if cared for properly. Cast iron can get super hot, so it’s great for searing and browning, but it can be used for more delicate recipes too. Many cooks start with one and wind up buying a collection of these skillets in different sizes. To learn more, check out our blog post on our obsession with cast iron.
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Kitchen Blenders:

Blenders make great gifts for cooks. Full size kitchen blenders can be used to make soups and purees, smoothies and milk shakes, batters, nut milks, even frozen cocktails! Score! Immersion blenders are perfect for cooks too, because of their small size and portability. They’re perfect for soups, gravies, and pan sauces because they can puree your food without ever taking it out of the pan!

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Smoking Gun:

The Smoking Gun is another one of those gifts people won’t buy for themselves! They’re great for skilled home cooks who want to take things to the next level. They’re small, portable, and super easy to use, so they’re great for small scale smoking. Just put a piece of fish (for example) in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Slip the smoker hose under the plastic to fill the bowl with smoke, and 10 or so minutes later, you have delicately smoked piece of protein! You can even smoke cocktails and soups with these amazing gadgets! Incredible.

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Specialty gifts:

If your friends and loved ones have more specific interests in the kitchen, we can help you there too. We’ve got a great selection of baking mixes, ingredients, cookie cutters, and specialty baking pans for the baker in your life. We even have a selection of beautiful, heavy duty bundt pans!

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For the cocktail lover in your life, we have everything under the sun! Mixology tools galore, beautiful glassware, a huge selection of cocktail bitters and mixers. We even have a kit so you can make your own bitters!

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If you just can’t decide, cookbooks make great gifts too, and we’ve got plenty. No matter what someone’s interested in, we have a cookbook that’d be perfect for them.

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