Whisk Sips Video Cocktail Series Featuring Sriracha Bitters

Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters is a Brooklyn based company focusing on unusual bitters flavors made in a classical style. The base for their bitters is made using very traditional methods, drawing flavors from roots, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The tradition ends there though, and their unusual, seasonal offerings have taken the bitters world by storm. Zagat referred to their bitters as “kooky” and “trendy”,  CBS New York has named them one of the three best bitters brands in New York City, and whether online or in-store, they are one of the best selling bitters brands at Whisk.

All of their bitters are hand-crafted in Brooklyn using local ingredients whenever possible. The seasonal nature of their bitters may mean that certain flavors are only available at certain times of year, so if you see a flavor that catches your eye, it’s best to snap it up before it’s too late.

Their Sriracha bitters is an aromatic preparation that combines the spicy punch of sriracha chili sauce with classic bittering agents. Savory up front with notes of garlic, burnt orange peel and rock salt, they finish with the pleasing slow sear of Thai chili heat.

Not sure how you might put Sriracha bitters to use at home? Check out the video below for a spicy twist on the classic Sazerac cocktail called the “Srirazerac”!

The “Srirazerac”

1 Dash absinthe
2 1/2 oz Bourbon or rye
1 Teaspoonful simple syrup
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 Drops Brooklyn Hemispherical Sriracha Bitters
Lemon twist

Coat a frosty cold rocks glass with absinthe, swirl and toss out excess. Stir the rye, simple syrup, peychauds, and sriracha bitters into a mixing glass or another rocks glass. Strain cocktail into the absinthe-coated rocks glass with a julep strainer. Twist a strip of lemon peel over the glass and drop in. Top with Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters Sriracha Bitters to taste.

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.