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  • January 22, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    B+B Team picks, SF Summer Edition: Bottles so good they barely make it to the floor

    We get new arrivals weekly, and deciding which one to take home is as hard for us as it is for you. This summer there have been dozens of new arrivals, and we've loved them all.

    Occasionally, though there are bottles that struggle to make it to the floor because so many of our Bitters + Bottles team stock their home bar with them first.  We save the limited edition whiskey for y'all.  The bottles we tend to covet are the flavor packed cocktail workhorses whose cocktail possibilities are limitless.

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  • January 22, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Not Your Basic Birch, Liqueur

    I first fell in love with Birkir when a good friend shared the birch snaps  with me upon returning from Iceland. I was instantly enamored with the uniqueness of the spirit — a warmth and softness that I did not expect were at the center of a familiar but ineffable flavor that quickly immersed me in memories of childhood afternoons spent in the birch groves of suburban Moscow. 
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  • January 22, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    Leopold Bros. - A cocktailer's dream distillery

    We’ve all got favorite bottles but Leopold is one of our favorite spirits brands. They span the gamut of whiskey, gin, and liqueurs, and yet despite their breadth of selection, each spirit maintains an exceptional amount of depth.  As much as they are all delightful sippers, they are really a bartender's best friend, adding complexity, balance, and most importantly deliciousness to every cocktail.

    Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated distillery in Denver, Colorado. They malt their barley, mill their grains, ferment their mash and distill everything onsite. They don’t add artificial ingredients and they barrel and bottle everything by hand. 

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  • January 22, 2018 CJ Best

    LeJay - how to use this classic liqueur for a classic cocktail

    Included in the International Bartenders Association list of contemporary cocktails is the Kir, a simple two ingredient drink perfect for the next Summer heat wave.

    The recipe is simple, 9 parts dry white wine to 1 part Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant liqueur). The traditional wine used is called Aligoté, a very dry white wine. But most home bartenders reach for any white wine for their Kir but choosing a sweeter, fruity wine won’t provide the necessary dry/sweet balance when paired with the Cassis.

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  • January 19, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    Rosé? No Way. 5 beautiful bottles to gift the dinner party host

     The intoxicating chorus of Rosé's pop and clink will always be a warm weather hit single, but we're hoping this summer's anthem is more about these literally red, haute, alt-rocking bottles.  Each pick will incite refrains of oohs and ahhs when you present this as your dinner party host gift, but they're so easy to drink, it won't be long before you're singing the chorus to Drunk in Love.
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  • January 17, 2018 Addition Collaborator

    A foodie's trick to cocktail and food pairing

     Hosting dinner parties is one of my favorite things, coming up with the food menu and then finding cocktails to pair with it. I tend to make appetizers rich in flavor, so a light and lovely sparkling cocktail that cuts through the richness is a perfect match.
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  • G & T & (A) Blushing Cocktail Recipe
    January 17, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    G & T & (A) Blushing Cocktail Recipe

    While a gin and tonic is a difficult drink to improve, there are easy and worthwhile variations.  A splash of Aperol amplifies a G&T's botanical flavors, plus that final pour gives you a lovely bleed effect! Turns out, Aperol can do so much more that spritz, it can make your drink blush! 
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