Whisk Sips video cocktail series featuring Rosemary bitters

No chef would dream of preparing a dish without reaching into their spice rack, and Addition thinks the same should be true for cocktails! Addition was founded with the express goal of bringing spicy and savory flavors to beverages everywhere – out of your spice rack and into your drinks!

Addition Cocktail Spices empower you to create beverages that taste exactly the way you want them to. They encourage you to experiment and have fun with your cocktails, to customize your drinks to suit your exact taste, and most of all, to enjoy beverages with a wide new range of flavors that you may not have experienced in liquid form before.

All Addition products are proudly handcrafted in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood using traditional maceration processes featuring whole spices and fresh herbs and peppers. Addition’s cocktail spices are made in much the same way as bitters, but without the traditional bittering agents, so their infusions are packed with the bright, clean, pure flavor of their focus ingredients.

Addition’s Rosemary Cocktail Spice adds the bright, earthy, aromatic complexity of fresh rosemary to all kinds of drinks and cocktails. They’re a perfect complement to gin drinks, especially gin and tonics; they’re also beautiful in fruity cocktails like Margaritas or Lemon Drops; and they’re even a lovely way to dress up a glass of sparkling water! For more ideas on how to use Rosemary cocktail spice at home, please check out the recipe and watch the video below.

Rosemary Greyhound

2 oz Vodka
4 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
4 to 5 dashes Rosemary Bitters
Rosemary sprig for garnish, optional

Combine Vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy!

Whisk Sips video cocktail series featuring Lavender Spice bitters

In the world of craft bitters, Bar Keep’s line of of organic aromatic cocktail bitters has a unique origin story. Whereas 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, Bar Keep bitters’ flavors were created by contest winners!

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. Since they were more familiar with distilling spirits, they decided to enlist the help of professional bartenders already perfecting their own recipes on a smaller scale. So, the first Barmade Bitters Challenge was organized to find the best bartender-made bitters in the nation. To enter you had to be a professional, practicing bartender in the U.S. and have an amazing bitters recipe you’d be willing to share with the world.

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, and the three original flavors were so popular 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 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 it’s masculine pine-y nature and a bit of warm cinnamon spice. Floral flavors like lavender can sometimes be overpowering, but a few drops in the right cocktail will practically transport you to a warm 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!

Amber Outlaw Cocktail

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.

Summer time is picnic time!

Elegant outdoor meals were likely first eaten during the Middle Ages, when the European leisure class began organizing hunting parties as a form of entertainment. Historians also believe that the word “picnic” originates from the seventeenth-century French term “pique-nique”, which described wealthy gourmands who brought their own wine along with them when dining out.grillIn those early years, outdoor feasts were largely reserved for the wealthy, but with the growth of the middle class, the picnic gained a more universal appeal. In the Victorian Era, the public was enamored with the pursuits of the moneyed aristocracy, and the popularity of the picnic exploded.grillEven then though, the picnic was a much larger and more elaborate meal than the one we know today. “Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management”, the seminal book on Victorian British cookery and housekeeping, provided detailed instructions on picnicking.

The book insisted that a picnic for about 40 people should include cold roast beef, four meat pies, four roast chickens, two roast ducks, four dozen cheesecakes and one large cold plum pudding, just to name a few items. The menu also included three dozen bottles of beer along with claret, sherry and brandy. Just imagine the number of picnic baskets they would have needed for all that food!grillBecause they’re lightweight and sturdy, woven baskets have always been favored to transport picnics, but centuries ago they were often as large as trunks because so many courses were offered. As picnic meals have evolved over the years, so have picnic baskets.grillToday, most picnic basket are designed to feed just a handful of people, but a wide range of styles are available. Some modern picnic baskets are made of modern materials like polyester with waterproof insulated interiors, while others may look more familiar, made from woven natural materials, but are small and simple with washable fabric liners. Attractive and elaborate picnic kits are even available, with dishes, flatware, glasses and napkins included, along with straps to hold all these items in place with plenty of room remaining for your outdoor feast.grill