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

28.00

A balanced universal cocktail bitter, with red fruit tones from light roasted, direct-trade coffee by San Francisco’s (soon to be fully employee owned) The Tide Coffee. These bitters “tie-the-room-together” attributes come from whole burdock root, sarsaparilla, licorice root, and quassia root. They play particularly swimmingly with aged spirits.

Product photography by Daniel Dent

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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. 

It took us years to develop this method of coffee extraction as one flavor pillar of the bitters. The coffee is then sustained by our distillate of rye and cane, organic plants as always. Our varied backgrounds in coffee, bartending, and food kept us committed to make a stabilized coffee taste 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! That's why we use truly fresh crop and light roasted coffee that is sourced directly from family farms. Traceability information is exact and unique to the industry, as this coffee comes from small families that are paid well beyond double of what Fair Trade demands. Information here from San Francisco's The Tide Coffee.

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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