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Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters: Whisk Sips Video Cocktail Series
Scrappy’s Bitters was founded in 2008 by Seattle, WA bartender Miles Thomas. As a bartender, he was constantly searching for bitters with cleaner, brighter flavors. He was unable to find exactly what he wanted, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Therefore, he decided to immerse himself in the world of herbs, botanicals, and bittering agents.
Experimenting and Perfecting
Thomas spent years experimenting with flavors and extraction methods, because he wanted to perfect his recipes. He learned to pair multiple ingredients to intensify the flavor he was seeking, and came to understand that different methods of extracting flavor from the same source could yield vastly different results. Thomas finally perfected his flavors and released a range of bitters based on fruits, spices, and herbs. Ever since, Scrappy’s has been handcrafting their bitters with a small dedicated team. Their commitment to quality shows in the boldness and purity of their flavors and they consider their bitters to be the best in the world.
Scrappy’s cardamom bitters are made with a touch of citrus to bring out the sweet citrus notes present in caradamom pods. If you’re not familiar; Cardamom is strong and aromatic with a spicy, herbal, floral character. Much like cinnamon, it can be used to add warmth to savory and sweet dishes alike. Cardamom is native to India. They use it to perfume rice or add brightness to curries. It’s also commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking and Northern European baking. Vikings discovered cardamom in Constantinople on their travels through Europe in the days of the Holy Roman Empire, and the spice has been popular in Scandinavian pastries ever since.
Cardamom bitters can be used in cooking and baking, to add flavor and depth to curries and rice, or to pies, pastries, and ice creams. In cocktails, cardamom’s warm, exotic flavors pair perfectly with rum & whiskey. It also pairs well with sweet mixers like apple cider or citrus juices. Watch the video below to see cardamom bitters put to good use!
The Elegant Spice:
The Elegant Spice
1 1/2 oz White Rum
2 1/2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1-2 Dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom bitters
Squeeze of lime
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake and strain over ice in a tall glass. Finish with a straw and a lime wedge.