18.21 Bitters

Crafting a Better Cocktail

Extra Extra Read All About It! PROHIBITION IS OVER! 18.21 Bitters was created to craft a better cocktail. We may no longer need to disguise our smuggled libations but it sure is fun to pretend! Scroll through our products to see the finest in premium, small batch, handcrafted cocktail bitters, tinctures, shrubs, syrups and tonic, ginger beer and pre-mixed craft cocktails. Throw on your top hat, grab a bottle and have a roaring good time!

 

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Ready for Pumpkin Spice Season? Halloween/Thanksgiving Cocktail Ideas

This week, we had an article published in Southern Kitchen with tons of info and recipes on making seasonal cocktails with our Pumpkin Spice Shrub. For this week’s Holiday Entertaining blog post, please enjoy the article!

18.21 Bitters shows us how to make actually great pumpkin spice cocktails

By  Ryan Hughley

I don't know about you, but if I have to drink another PSL (pumpkin spice latte) this year I'm going to freak out. I always start of the season the same way. Waiting with bated breath until my favorite coffee shop starts putting pumpkin in every coffee drink I can imagine. 

By mid-October, however, I'm totally over it. Thankfully there's a better way to satisfy those pumpkin spice cravings without a trip to a coffee shop.

18.21 Bitters is an Atlanta based company that churns out artisan cocktail bitters, syrups and shrubs. They've recently re-released a fall fan favorite, pumpkin spice shrub. Featuring actual pumpkin, along with allspice and black peppercorn, this fall scented, vinegar-based cocktail additive is exactly what you need on hand when you finally get tired drinking your pumpkin spice with coffee. 

Once you've got your bottle on hand, try out these two seasonal cocktails, straight from 18.21 itself.
Pumpkin Harbor
Picture this. Crisp fall air, your fireplace roaring in the living room, the smell of a pot of chili simmering on the stove top and you, content as you can possibly be. This is the cocktail you'll want to drink in this exact moment. This cocktail is rum-based, which pairs perfectly with the subtle sweetness of pumpkin shrub. The black currant and cocoa tincture not only adds a bit of brightness but ties this whole thing together. The result? A cocktail you'll keep reaching for long after pumpkins have gone out of season. 

Serves: 1
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
2 ounces English Harbour 5-year rum
1/2 ounce 18.21 Pumpkin Spice Shrub
1/2 ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
2 dashes Black Currant + Cocoa Tincture
Grated nutmeg for garnish 

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass or a coupe glass. Serve immediately. 
Triple Smoked Pumpkin Fizz
Our love for whiskey is no secret. This cocktail manages to actually feature a strong pumpkin flavor without it being overpowering. The LaPhroaig and Havana + Hide bitters marry together and give this cocktail a beautiful smokey flavor while the egg whites add a velvety texture. This is one fun drink. After an incredibly hard day at work, this is the cocktail you want to make right when you get home. 

Serves: 1
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
LaPhroaig Scotch whiskey, for rinsing
2 ounces Corsair Triple Smoked Whiskey
1/2 ounce 18.21 Pumpkin Spice Shrub
1 egg white
3 dashes Havana + Hide bitters
Pistachio, crushed for garnish

Instructions
Fill a rocks glass with ice and add splash of LaPhroaig. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Corsair whiskey, pumpkin shrub, egg white, and bitters. Dry shake the ingredients for 30 seconds to froth the egg whites. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake again until well chilled.

Discard the ice and LaPhroaig in the rocks glass and add one large ice cube. Strain the cocktail mixture into the glass. Garnish with crushed pistachio. Serve immediately.

All Photos: 18.21 Bitters/Instagram 

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Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are creeping up quickly and with them comes holiday parties and dinners. We have a weekly series here leading up to the holidays with some tips and tricks to help you host stress free events and make easy delicious cocktails.

This week, we will be hosting an Old Fashioned class and in honor of the iconic cocktail and our fun cocktail class, here are some tips on adding this cocktail to your next event!

Try a build your own Old Fashioned Bar! Put out a Bourbon, a Rye Whiskey, and a Dark Rum along with a jigger in front of each. Add a few bottles of different bitters flavors (we suggest 18.21 Prohibition Aromatic for the traditionalist, 18.21 Barrel Aged Havana & Hide for the adventurous and the Rum lovers, and 18.21 Earl Grey Bitters for those who want to walk on the wild side. If you are feeling really fun and funky, try the 18.21 Grapefruit Lavender Bitters for a Rye Whiskey old fashioned!) Also leave out two syrups (try a plain simple syrup, or our 18.21 Coffee Vanilla Cacao Syrup for a fun twist). Print out instructions on how to make an old fashioned and leave out a bowl of garnishes including lemon rinds and orange rinds along with some Cherries (we love Filthy Cherries!). Add a muddler into the mix and a few cocktail mixing glasses, spoons and strainers, and your guests have a fun and interactive way to make their own cocktails so you can focus on enjoying your own cocktail and your party!

Here is our sample recipe:

BUILD YOUR OWN OLD FASHIONED

Add 2oz Spirit of Choice to Mixing Glass

Add bar spoon of syrup of choice

Add 10 drops bitters of choice

Add ice and stir

Strain into rocks glass over large ice

Garnish with Choice of Garnish

Suggested Pairings:

Rye Whiskey, Prohibition Aromatic Bitters, Simple Syrup Garnish with Orange Peel

Rum, Havana & Hide Bitters, Coffee Vanilla Cacao Syrup Garnish with Cherry

Bourbon, Simple Syrup, Earl Grey Bitters Garnish with Lemon Peel

Cheers to the holidays!

Looking for A Hero!

Call For Heros!

 

We want you to nominate yourself or someone you know as a homegrown hero!

 

Know a firefighter, police officer, teacher, EMT, construction worker, mom, dad, pharmacist, truck driver, bartender, musician, doctor, nurse, volunteer, soldier, ... anyone that is a HERO! There are so many definitions of the word. Is your hero a role model to children, works hard to support their family, volunteers to clean their local park, is an excellent neighbor who helps out when their neighbors or friends are in need, your go to bartender who saved your bad day, a nurse or doctor who saved a loved one? Nominate them to be an 18.21 Homegrown Hero. We want to honor them and provide them with free 18.21 products and a special surprise for their hard work, contributions and kindness.

 

Please send a 500-750 word essay on why we should choose your hero along with your name, email, address and phone number, your hero's name, email, address and phone number, and a photo of your hero.

 

All Finalists will have to submit to a background check. We will be selecting 10 out of all of our entries so start getting them in! Deadline is September 10th! EMAIL FOR ENTRIES: drink@1821bitters.com

Interested in wholesale or distribution? Email us at drink@1821bitters.com