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Hella Bitters Spills The Secret To The Perfect Holiday Cocktail

Raise a glass to Hella Bitters! These masters of mixology are obsessive in their quest to create boldly flavored bitters using all-natural ingredients. So it’s no surprise, that they’ve also got a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails, from old school classics to new fangled creations. Get in the holiday spirit with a few of their expert recipes, and pick up your own hand-crafting bitters at Home For The Holidays.

For the Traditionalist

Manhattan

How To:

In a mixing glass or shaker combine ingredients, add ice and stir for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass or in a rocks glass, over ice. Garnish with cherry or orange peel.

For the Craft Cocktail Curious

The Alabazam

  • 1½ oz brandy (Remy-Martin VSOP Cognac)
  • ¼ oz Hella Aromatic Bitters
  • ½ oz Orange Curaçao (Ferrand)
  • ¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a glass. No garnish. Fun fact: The Alabazam was supposedly created by an American expatriate Leo Engel when working at the Criterion Hotel in London.

For the Sparkling Personality

Champagne Cocktail

In a coupe or flute glass add sugar cube and soak with three dashes bitters. Gently fill glass with champagne. Roll the lemon peel, peel side down over glass to expel oils then ease the peel into the glass. That was easy, right?