Olive Bitters – A New Addition to the Cocktail Landscape
Bitters from New Haven offer more than the traditional olive flavor; they add brine, mustard and herbs for an unforgettable combination that goes wonderfully well with white spirits and fortified wines.
Bitters are typically created by infusing spices, roots, barks and other flavors into high-proof alcohol for several days. This process produces a concentrated yet complex flavor which can then be used in small amounts to enhance cocktails.
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Bitters have long been an overlooked component of modern cocktail culture; just a few drops can elevate any drink to new levels. But before their widespread popularity was achieved, bitters were used medicinally for treating ailments ranging from digestive distress to malaria.
Removing Oleuropein from olives requires either water or brine curing. With water curing, olives are immersed in a solution containing 2-3% NaOH (or lye). This alkali degrades polyphenols while increasing cell wall permeability for greater results.
Salty aromas of green and black olives, subtle vinegar notes, and subtle garlic undertones combine for an overall savory profile with mild bitter undertones – perfect for Dirty Martinis as well as any white spirits!
Olive bitters are an exciting newcomer to cocktail bitters. Boasting briny notes of green olive, subtle mustard and chopped herbs, they pair perfectly with stronger spirits such as Hendrick’s or Maker’s.
They pair well with rye whiskey or dark rum for added depth in any Martini recipe, elevating its profile beyond simply using gin or vodka as the base spirit. A must for any Martini fan!
Bitters are produced by infusing high-proof neutral alcohol with herbs, roots and bark for easy flavor experimentation and the creation of forgotten cocktail recipes. These ingredients can be purchased locally at liquor stores as well as online at Kalustyan’s or Mountain Rose Herbs for DIY bitters production at home.
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Bitters were originally developed as an aid to elevate the aesthetic and texture of a Dirty Martini, but bartenders challenged by creativity have found many uses for them in various aperitif-style drinks that incorporate sherry, vermouth or fortified wines as an aperitif component. They pair wonderfully with white spirits such as vodka, gin or blanco tequila too!
The Bitter Truth uses an age-old process of producing cocktail bitters by macerating roots, seeds, barks, fruits, herbs and flowers in alcohol base for true representation of ingredients in your cocktails. They use only high quality natural ingredients from around the world in their product lineup that has won multiple awards while continuing to innovate the bar world.
Bartenders in the cocktail world have access to an assortment of bitters for use in cocktails, from more familiar aromatic varieties such as Angostura to citrusy bitters like Bitter Truth and exotic varieties like Wormwood; there’s sure to be something perfect for every palate and drink!
Olive bitters were originally introduced as part of The Bitter Truth Bar Pack tasting tin in 2017; due to high demand, we released full-sized 200 ml bottlings later that year. Their distinct profile makes them ideal additions for cocktails that require extra olive flavoring.
Olive brine makes for an ideal complement to the classic Dirty Martini cocktail (two parts gin, one part vermouth and a teaspoon of olive brine), but is also an excellent addition to sherries, vermouths and fortified wines. Their delicate green olive aroma and hint of salty brine makes for an irresistibly delicious addition to any white spirit-based or aperitif cocktail!
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Good olive oils feature an ideal balance between fruitiness, pungency and bitterness that depends on both variety and year of production. Any sensory elements associated with bitterness or pungency are generally seen as positive characteristics that indicate superior olive oils; otherwise they could indicate low quality olive oils that don’t match these criteria.
Bartenders have found excellent applications for these bitters beyond Dirty Martinis; originally intended to heighten its style and mouthfeel, bartenders have discovered many useful applications for them in other aperitif-style beverages using white spirits or sherries or vermouths. With briny green olive notes, subtle mustard flavoring, and chopped herb garnishing to complement various spirits perfectly.