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Bitters, Cordials, and Mixes, oh my!

POSTED BY Liliana Piazza ON December 5, 2014

Bitters for Sale in Ottawa!

It is entertainment season,  and many people are- wanting to impress their friends and relatives by being the “host with the most”.  Or maybe they just  don’t want to burn down the kitchen.  Whatever your motivations are, it’s always a treat to be a guest or a host at private functions in someone’s home.  What better way to say happy holidays than with special, complex cocktail that can only be made with Bitters or cordials or a combination of both!  Now I am the first to admit that I am no mixologist – but I admire their talents very much.  The few times I do indulge in a cocktail – what a great experience it is to taste something complex, layered and not overwhelmingly boozy (at least to my tastes).  Thankfully the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli has a huge selection of Bitters, cordials and cocktail mixes to offer to our Ottawa community and this blog post is dedicated to them.

What Bitters do we carry?

We are proud to offer three lines of Bitters with the following flavours:

Fee Brothers

An American family run business since 1864.  The fourth generation of Fee’s are now running the company, so it’s a good bet that they their product is here to stay!  We have the following flavours as supplies last.

Cherry Bitters, Peach Bitters, Rhubarb Bitters, Orange Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Grapefruit Bitters, Cranberry Bitters, Celery Bitters, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Black Walnut Bitters, Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters.

Fee Brothers Bitters - just some of the line we carry!

Fee Brothers Bitters – just some of the line we carry!

Angostura Bitters

The grand-father of all bitters! In business since 1824, and based in Trinidad – this product has been in cocktails for generations.  With only two flavours available, Aromatic Bitters and Orange Bitters, they have concentrated their efforts to perfecting this product.  A classic taste for classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned – these bitters are versatile for your mixed drinks as well as in food recipes.  Check out their website for some great recipe ideas.

Cordials, Tonics, and Mixes

We’re really excited about carrying a home-grown Ottawa product that will definitely add some oomph to your cocktails this holiday season. Split Tree Cocktail Co. has a great line of mixes and cordials and we’re happy to be carrying these flavours to help with your cocktails. Grapefruit Cordial, Tonic No. 3, and Sour Mix (lemon lime).  Shopping local never felt so good.

These are all great products to take home and try – find some recipes with your favourite booze and see what you can create!  Happy mixing, but remember to please drink responsibly.