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Bittermilk - Mixers With Attitude

Will Motley

Not everything that goes into making a great cocktail is in the booze. There's a matter of temperature, technique, the balance of flavors and of course the quality of the other ingredients. The owners of famed cocktail bar Gin Joint in Charleston, SC understand how important the "secondary" ingredients are to a cocktail. Which is why, last year, they launched a line of mixers under the wonderfully charming name Bittermilk.

Joe and MariElena Raya claim not to use anything in their Bittermilk concoctions that they don't use behind the bar at Gin Joint. That makes sense, because when you stir in your favorite bourbon for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned (No. 1), it really tastes like it was made by a pro.

Whereas most of the time, to be honest, prepackaged cocktail mixers lack freshness, balance or overall integrity. 

The trick, according to a recent glowing review on SeriousEats, is their use of organic oleo saccharum, which bitters the sweet honey and bright citrusy lemon, say, in the Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour (No. 3). Bittermilk keeps it simple and fresh, focuses on balance and has, in it's humble line of just a few mixes, won over the hearts and palates of an industry that grows more skeptical all the time.

Want to turn your home bar into a verified cocktail altar? Bittermilk makes mixing professional-grade drinks as easy pour, stir, enjoy.

Bittermilk No. 1 - Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned

Bittermilk No. 2 - Tom Collins with Elderflower & Hops

Bittermilk No. 3 - Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

Bittermilk No. 4 - New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rouge

Bittermilk No. 5 - Charred Grapefruit Tonic

Bittermilk No. 6 - Oaxacan Old Fashioned *New*