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.

Kombucha Brooklyn Home Brewing Kits

Brew your own Kombucha at home with a Kombucha Brooklyn home brew kit!Kombucha Brooklyn home brew kit

Give your friends and loved ones a gift they’ll DIY for this year! DIY kits are fun, interactive gifts that keep on giving, so we’re offering a special discount on some of our favorites this week.

Today we’re offering up an amazing kit for making your own healthy kombucha tea at home.

Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent, probiotic tea drink. It’s made by fermenting tea and sugar using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) commonly called a mother.

History:

While the exact origins are still unknown, Kombucha is thought to have originated in Northeastern China. It has been traditionally consumed in China for centuries, but it’s popularity slowly expanded into Russia and eastern Europe. Recently, This tasty tea beverage has expanded around the globe because of its live probiotic cultures touted by many as the key to a healthier gut.

Kombucha Brooklyn:

After making their own for decades, Jessica and Eric Childs founded Kombucha Brooklyn in 2009. They started with making and bottling their own recipe of delicious Kombucha in Brooklyn. Then they expanded their business to include 1/2 gallon kits, so people could easily brew their own at home. These kits come with everything you need to get started, including a voucher for a free fresh, live  “SCOBY” culture.

Home Brewing:

Every time you brew a batch of kombucha, you’ll grow a new culture, which means you can then create two more batches—or give a SCOBY to a friend so they can get started brewing, too. As long as you keep the culture alive, you can keep making a never ending supply. Like winemaking and beer brewing, the art of transforming tea and sugar into probiotic kombucha follows a special fermenting procedure, but once you get the basic formula and brewing process down, you can start experimenting with flavorings! Add a dash of lemon juice, fresh ginger, or fruit to create one tasty batch after another.

Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing, popular kit!

Along with the voucher for your free pristinely propagated SCOBY, this fun, easy, and cost-effective kit also includes the following tried and true components:

  • 1 Brews worth of hand-selected fair trade, organic tea
  • 1 Brews worth of organic, fair trade cane sugar
  • 1/2 Gallon glass jar
  • 100% Organic cotton cover
  • Rubber band
  • 1 Temperature Indicator Strip
  • Very detailed instructions