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The Bitter Truth re-creates the original cocktail bitters brand

TBT_Bogarts BittersThe Bitter Truth announces the introduction—well, in a sense, re-introduction—of a new product, more than 150-years-old: Bogart’s Bitters. Bogart’s was the original bitters called for in the first cocktail book ever published, The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion penned by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Though in Thomas’s time the brand was sold as “Boker’s Bitters,” it is believed a misspelling by Thomas himself led to it being listed as “Bogart’s” in all of the book’s printings before his death in 1885 (affecting the 1862 and 1876 versions). In homage to Thomas’s legacy, The Bitter Truth – Bogart’s Bitters will be released in limited quantity in February.

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Prickly Ash Bitters: A classic American amaro gets back into Dodge

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Italy may have some of the world’s most iconic amaro brands, but Dodge City, Kansas-based Boot Hill Distillery is hoping to prove that a bitter liqueur straight out of the American West can more than hold its own against its European counterparts.

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The Drinkable Week gets ‘Fancy’

The floor of the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco reveals artisanal cocktail mixers, bitters and some high-end international spirits, including cachaça and mezcal. Special thanks to the Specialty Food Association for another world-class event.

The Year of Drinking Adventurously on (Internet) radio Monday 9/21 at 12pm ET

Hey, on Monday, Sept. 21, I’ll be live on the internet radio show The Hospitality Industry News Network with Steven Nicolle on Voiceamerica, talking about my upcoming book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously (Turner Publishing). It all starts at 12 pm ET/11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT. Come listen as I officially kick off the book tour.

Here’s the link to follow:

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/87290/jeff-cioletti-talks-his-new-book-coming-to-a-bookstore-near-you
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Bitter in New York

I love a good Old Fashioned. Mainly because I love good bourbon. (And I want to taste the bourbon, so don’t you dare put any club soda in it. But I digress). But the one ingredient that’s often taken for granted is the bitters—without which, an Old Fashioned wouldn’t be an Old Fashioned. You’ll never take it for granted again once you’ve tried the artisanal bitters produced by Brooklyn-founded (and now operating in Long Island City, Queens) Hella Bitter. A couple of weeks ago, the founders were generous enough to let me peek behind the curtain at their humble little production site and I’ve got video footage to prove it.