Bittermens - New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters
NEW ENGLAND SPICED CRANBERRY
When a bar in Brooklyn told Bittermens that their source for cranberry bitters had dried up and that the alternatives didn’t work for the bar’s most successful punch, they thought they’d see if they could help them out.
Bittermen’s tried the punch without any bitters at all and tried to figure out what the profile would need to be. In the end, it did need some spice, vanilla and acidity as well as some sour berries, but it didn’t really need any more bitterness.
Bittermens initially thought that they would make one batch for the bar as a bespoke formulation, but when they started to pass it around our sample bars, bartenders immediately took interest in the flavor. So, in 2011 they decided to put it into circulation through the experimental series as the Spiced Cranberry Cream Citrate.
When they decided to launch the new Regional Series, they reformulated the citrate – exchanging the citric acid for malic acid… substituting citrus notes for nice green apple tartness.
By the way, it works particularly well with cognac and bourbon and teams up nicely with both their Xocolatl Mole Bitters as well as other aromatic bitters.