Fee Brothers Celery Bitters

Fee Brothers’ History:

In 1864, James Fee opened a grocery and liquor store in Rochester, NY to help support his large, close-knit family. His brothers helped him grow the store into a successful winery and wine import business. The name was changed from James Fee & Company to Fee Brothers in 1883.

Surviving Prohibition: 

When prohibition began in 1920, Fee Brothers kept themselves afloat by making altar wine & distributing wine-making supplies. They even consulted with homeowners to legally make their own wine at home. It was legal to make a small amount of wine for personal use, but making and selling stronger spirits was strictly forbidden.

That didn’t stop people from trying though, and poor quality alcohol flooded the market. Most of the people making this black market booze had no clue what they were doing. For that reason, most of the alcohol being sold in saloons and speakeasies tasted terrible. Fee Brothers saw this as an opportunity and developed a line of cordial syrups and drink flavorings. They designed them to make inferior spirits taste like the real thing. Benedictine, Chartreuse, Brandy, and Rum flavorings were among their most popular products.

Cocktail Bitters:

When prohibition ended in 1933, Fee Brothers started selling liquor again. They kept making their cordial syrups though, and they remained very popular. Therefore, they soon decided to focus on mixers, syrups, and flavorings instead. By 1950 they were on a never-ending quest to develop new products and their flavored cocktail bitters line really became a focus. Fee Brothers’ product list now boasts almost 100 drink mix products. Today they’re best know for their huge selection of flavored cocktail bitters.

Celery Bitters:

Celery bitters have actually been around since the 19th century. However, They’ve never been quite as popular as more traditional flavors like aromatic or orange bitters. They do have their place in the bar though, especially now that savory cocktails like bloody marys and picklebacks are so popular. Thankfully, Fee Brothers offers a tasty and affordable option for savory cocktail lovers. These bitters add a celery-forward flavor with herbaceous notes and a distinctive savoriness. They’re perfect in gin and tequila based cocktails, and they’re especially perfect for a bloody mary. Check out the video below for more inspiration! The Fourth Regiment is a classic cocktail that uses celery bitters in an interesting way.

The Fourth Regiment

1 oz rye whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
Aromatic bitters (1 to 2 dashes)
Orange bitters (1 to 2 dashes)
Celery bitters (1 to 2 dashes)
Lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Add liquid ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. If desired, express the lemon twist over a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist if using. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy!

Fee Brothers’ Orgeat Syrup

Fee Brothers’ History:

In 1864, James Fee opened a grocery and liquor store in Rochester, NY to help support his large, close-knit family. His brothers helped him grow the store into a successful winery and wine import business. In 1883 the name was changed from James Fee & Company to Fee Brothers.

Surviving Prohibition: 

When prohibition began in 1920, Fee Brothers kept themselves afloat by making altar wine & distributing wine-making supplies. They even consulted with homeowners to legally make their own wine at home. It was legal to make a small amount of wine for personal use, but making and selling stronger spirits was strictly forbidden.

That didn’t stop people from trying though, and poor quality alcohol flooded the market. Most of the people making this black market booze had no clue what they were doing. For that reason, most of the alcohol being sold in saloons and speakeasies tasted terrible. Fee Brothers saw this as an opportunity and developed a line of cordial syrups and drink flavorings. They designed them to make inferior spirits taste like the real thing. Benedictine, Chartreuse, Brandy, and Rum flavorings were among their most popular products.

Cordial Syrups & Cocktail Bitters:

When prohibition ended in 1933, Fee Brothers started selling liquor again. They kept making their cordial syrups though, and they remained very popular. Therefore, they soon decided to focus on mixers, syrups, and flavorings instead. By 1950 they were on a never-ending quest to develop new products and their flavored cocktail bitters line really became a focus. Fee Brothers’ product list now boasts almost 100 drink mix products. Today they’re best know for their huge selection of flavored cocktail bitters.

Orgeat Sryup:

Orgeat syrup is traditionally made from almonds, sugar, and either rose water or orange flower water. It has a sweet almond flavor and is a very traditional ingredient in many cocktails and soda fountain drinks. Many classic tiki drinks call for Orgeat syrup, and it is an integral ingredient in the Mai Tai. Please watch the video below for another idea of how to put Fee’s Orgeat syrup to use in your home bar.

Bourbon Rootbeer Lift

1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
1/2 oz. heavy cream
1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
2 to 3 dashes rootbeer bitters
2 to 3 dashes vanilla extract
Soda water

Combine all ingredients, except the soda water, and shake with ice. Strain into a glass and gently stir while adding the soda to achieve a good froth. After it sits for 20 seconds or so add an ounce more soda water to lift the head above the glass. Serve with straw.

Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters

Scrappy’s History

Scrappy’s Bitters was founded in 2008 by Seattle, WA bartender Miles Thomas. As a bartender, he was constantly searching for bitters with cleaner, brighter flavors. He was unable to find exactly what he wanted, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Therefore, he decided to immerse himself in the world of herbs, botanicals, and bittering agents.

Experimenting and Perfecting

Thomas spent years experimenting with flavors and extraction methods, because he wanted to perfect his recipes. He learned to pair multiple ingredients to intensify the flavor he was seeking, and came to understand that different methods of extracting flavor from the same source could yield vastly different results. Thomas finally perfected his flavors and released a range of bitters based on fruits, spices, and herbs. Ever since, Scrappy’s has been handcrafting their bitters with a small dedicated team. Their commitment to quality shows in the boldness and purity of their flavors and they consider their bitters to be the best in the world.

Grapefruit Bitters

Gentian root is a very traditional ingredient and bittering agent in craft cocktail bitters. Scrappy’s Grapefruit combines the natural brightness of fresh grapefruit zest with traditional Gentian root. These fruit forward, citrusy Grapefruit Bitters are incredibly versatile and can pair well with any alcohol, season, or flavor profile. They’re sure to become a new favorite addition to your home bar! 

Check out the recipe below to get some citrusy cocktail inspiration!

The San Pedro Cocktail

San Pedro

2 oz silver tequila
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz cointreau
3 -4 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters

Shake all ingredients together with ice, and serve up with a lime twist.