San Francisco Bitters Collection
From the Cocktail Route of 1890s San Francisco
The cocktail bitters in the San Francisco Bitters Collection are prepared from complex mixtures of botanicals and pure grain alcohol, using the same methods that were used by the manufacturers of the original bitters. The formulas were reconstructed after extensive research of distiller's formularies, pharmaceutical dispensatories, newspaper advertisements, manufacturers' advertising pieces, medical and judicial writings, and the chemical analysis of surviving bitters. Unfortunately, not all of the botanical ingredients that were present in the original bitters are permitted today by the FDA for use in flavoring products, hence it was not possible to reproduce all the bitters in their exact original form. In certain cases, adjustments have been made through the unique use of combinations of other botanicals which simulate the flavor characteristics of the original, and now prohibited, ingredients.