why this product

The fresh ingredients and inventive cooking techniques used in these handcrafted cocktail syrups create a complex flavor when added to your drink. Each formula brings together sweet, sour and bitter notes in perfect balance, for a complex flavor that’s all its own. They aren't alcoholic and can enhance even a simple soda water. No. 1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashion: This mix pairs well with whiskey and other stirred drinks, and should be used in a 1:4 ratio. To create the concoction, sugar is cooked past the caramel stage to create a just-right bitter edge to the sweetness. Spices are steeped in bourbon barrels, which are then used to age the formula for 1-2 months to allow the flavors to fully mature. No. 2 Tom Collins with Elderflowers & Hops: Shake up your typical Vodka Collins routine using this mix in equal parts. The mild floral sweetness rounded out with a subtle bitterness comes from a simple sugar syrup being cooked with imported European Elderflower berries and hops. Fresh lemon juice adds a bright kick of zest. No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour: Organic, pure honey from Brazil is smoked for 24 hours or more, using wood broken down from the aged bourbon barrels used to create the Old Fashioned syrup. Organic orange peel adds a bright and slightly bitter note. Simply add to your favorite bourbon or rye whiskey in equal parts and shake with ice.

use & care

Refrigerate once opened. Product is best before six months from the date of uncapping. 

production & design

Husband-wife team MariElena and Joe formulated these homemade cocktail companions for their popular bar, The Gin Joint, in Charleston, South Carolina. The demand for a take-home version of the flavorful and nuanced syrups was overwhelming, and so they devised a small hand-bottled operation, starting with three formulas. A fourth flavor is still in the works… MariElena and Joe do it all, from sourcing the best ingredients to cooking the syrups, to hand-bottling and labeling with a hand-operated crank. The labels are decorated with quirky citations from a 1920s shadow puppet book. 

about the designer

Bittermilk Handcrafted Cocktail Syrup No. 1

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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A blend of sweet, sour and bitter flavors for a unique and well-balanced drink. Also available: No. 2 (Tom Collins with Elderflowers & Hops) and No. 3 (Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour). Made with fresh, organic ingredients in South Carolina. (more info)

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    No. 1 (Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned): 8 ounces (236 ml)
    No. 2 (Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops): 16 ounces (472 ml)
    No. 3 (Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour): 16 ounces (472 ml)

    No. 1 (Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned): burnt organic cane sugar, demerara sugar water, orange oleo saccharum (organic orange peel, organic cane sugar), spices, organic gentian root, cinchona bark, tartaric acid

    No. 2 (Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops): organic lemon juice, water, organic cane sugar, natural extract of elderflower and elderberry, centennial hops

    No. 3 (Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour): organic lemon juice, water, bourbon barrel smoked organic honey, organic cane sugar, orange oleo saccharum (organic orange peel, organic cane sugar)

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  • Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283121

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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