During the 1800’s immigrants came to the New World from far off lands. Some of these early settlers brought their primitive methods of healing with them in the form of root teas, bitters, tonics and elixirs. Root teas were already well established for healing from the Native Americans who lived in the New World and they taught the immigrants methods of healing, some of which still exist today.
Bitters are powerfully concentrated forms of herbal healing that date back to the dawn of man. They are still used for ailments that range from stomach disorders to the healing of circulatory systems in the body. Bitters also have a secondary purpose. Not only do they have medicinal purposes but their bitter flavor and concentrated aromatics that just happen to be delicious in cocktails.
In 1824 founder Dr. Johann Siegert first produced aromatic bitters as a medicinal tincture designed to alleviate stomach ailments. In the 1870’s, Dr. Siegert’s three sons migrated to Trinidad, among them Don Carlos Siegert, who pioneered the brand. The product itself adds a layer of complexity, intensifies the flavor of other ingredients, counteracts the harshness of acidic contents and decreases the harshness of spirits. But it doesn’t stop there – it also helps cleanse the palate and aid in digestion.
Taste is sweet with slight hints of cherry, clove, and nutmeg flavors on the nose.
In 1793, wealthy plantation owners were forced to flee the island of San Domingo, salvaging what possessions they could. Many came to (what was then) the Spanish Louisiana city of New Orleans. Among the possessions of one Creole was a recipe for a compounding of a liquid tonic called bitters. His name was Antoine Amedie Peychaud and he was an apothecary. These bitters, good for what ailed one irrespective of malady, gave an added zest to potions of cognac brandy he served friends and others who came to his pharmacy. Today, Peychaud’s Bitters are produced according to the original recipe at Buffalo Trace Distillery. They are an important element in the Sazerac® Cocktail and can also be used in The Manhattan, The Old-Fashioned and many other classic cocktails.
Taste is intensely bitter with cardamom, coffee and orange.
Key Botanicals include Orange peel, Green cardamom, Catechu, Quassia Bark, Cloves
Originally founded by Johann Gottlieb Böker in 1828, Boker's Bitters gained popularity around the world as the finest bitters of the Golden Age of mixed drinks. Boker's were famously the preferred brand of Professor Jerry Thomas, featuring throughout his book, 'How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion', now recognized as the World's first bartender's guide
In 1835 31-year-old Owen Fee first set eyes on America, emigrating from Ireland's County Monaghan. By 1847, Owen had opened a butcher shop and was living in Rochester, New York. Through the years, generations of the family has nurtured, cultivated and perfected the line of creative bitters they offer today. Below are a list of their current offerings: