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Napa Valley Bitters

Dedicated to Crafting World Class Cocktail Bitters

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Napa Valley Bitters - Founder, owner, bittermaker: Ian Winget

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What are Cocktail Bitters?

What are Cocktail Bitters?

In this NVBlog post, we delve into one of the top 3 FAQs about Cocktail Bitters - "What are bitters?" Our exploration of this question is multifaceted, considering it from 4 essential angles:

  1. The Craft Cocktail Bitters Artist's Perspective: We examine the essence of bitters from the standpoint of the skilled craft cocktail bitters artist, providing insight into the artistry behind this essential element.

  2. The Professionals' Point of View: We recognize the vital insights of the professionals who incorporate bitters into their daily cocktail creations. Their experience sheds light on the practical and creative dimensions of using bitters.

  3. The Historical Context: We trace the journey of bitters from their original intended use to their contemporary revival. This historical perspective illuminates the resurgence of bitters' popularity, a phenomenon embraced by both professional bartenders and home mixologists in the realm of modern craft cocktail making.

  4. How the popularity non-alcoholic Spirits & Cocktails have changed the Cocktail Bitters landscape. 

This comprehensive exploration offers a well-rounded understanding of the role and significance of Cocktail Bitters, catering to the curiosity of both novices and aficionados in the world of mixology.

 the Manhattan cocktail features whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a maraschino cherry garnish, this enduring concoction embodies the essence of the spirit-forward and aromatic American cocktail tradition.

The Best Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Exploring the Timeless Elegance of the Manhattan Cocktail

For well over a century, the Manhattan cocktail has stood as a paragon of classic mixology, maintaining its popularity with an unwavering charm. Comprising whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a maraschino cherry garnish, this enduring concoction embodies the essence of the spirit-forward and aromatic cocktail tradition.

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Blog Image Sazerac cocktail has a fascinating journey that spans centuries and continents

The Sazerac: A Spirited History and Flavorful Evolution

Sazerac: A Spirited History and Flavorful Evolution

The captivating history of the Sazerac cocktail spans centuries and continents. It began with French Cognac, particularly Sazerac de Forge et Fils Cognac, but has since transformed into the classic version we know today, featuring rye whiskey. Key to its creation was Antoine Amédée Peychaud, a pharmacist from Haiti, who initially marketed his Peychaud's Bitters for medicinal purposes. Over time, the Sazerac transcended its curative origins, becoming a beloved cocktail. The late 19th century saw the transition from Cognac to rye whiskey as the preferred base spirit. The choice between Herbsaint and Absinthe adds a delightful twist to the Sazerac's fascinating journey.

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