WORKHORSE RYE

Whiskeys & bitters made and aged entirely in California since 2011

Workhorse Rye since 2011

Aromatic Coffee Bitters

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Aromatic Coffee Bitters

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A balanced universal cocktail bitter, with red fruit tones from light roasted, direct-trade coffee by San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee. Their “tie the room together” bitterness from burdock root, sarsaparilla, licorice root, and quassia allows them to play particularly swimmingly with aged spirits.

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Aromatic Coffee Bitters are a rare breed. They are your universal aromatic bitters, based on rye, bitter botanicals, and of course coffee. Most bitters are made by macerating botanicals in high proof, and then diluting with water; we simply substitute the water for coffee as the dilutor. 

We use distinct quality coffee, sourced and roasted by Four Barrel of San Francisco. It took us years, literally, to develop this method of carefully extracted coffee as one flavor pillar of the bitters, then sustained by rye whiskey and cane spirit (rum). Our varied backgrounds in coffee, bartending, and food kept us committed to make a stabilized coffee tasted like the bright fresh coffee we dream about. Coffee is a hell of a thing to extract pleasantly. 

The challenge in trying to extract the essence of a coffee bean is oxidation. Coffee oils decay rapidly, which smells and tastes rough! Because of that we went straight our friends Four Barrel, proper experts with whom to tackle this issue.

These bitters have many uses in the realm of "tying the room together", but are first and foremost best utilized in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned.

THE OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL
2 oz rye whiskey or preferred spirit of choice
1/4 oz maple or honey
1-3 dashes or sleeves of bitters

Best uses: 

  • Any Old Fashioned recipe
  • Soda and tonic water
  • Sazerac Cocktails
  • Pilsner, dress up a boring beer or make a cocktail
  • Baked goods of all kinds: add a tablespoon in to your favorite recipe
  • Meat marinades. Add 1/2 tablespoon per steak/burger

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