Corsair & The Bitter Truth

Mockingbird, Downtown Wine and Spirits, and the Public House are super excited to host Corsair Artisan and offer up some awesome cocktails featuring their “micro batch craft spirits” and bitters from The Bitter Truth. These are some amazing products and are all available at Downtown Wine and Spirits and will eventually be a fixture at the Public House.

From Corsair (Be sure to check out their site. It has a ton of great information.) we will feature the Vanilla Bean Vodka, Wry Moon Unaged Rye Whiskey, and Gin Head Style Gin in the following cocktails:

Wry Moon Manhattan – Corsair Wry Moon Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
Rosemary Gin & Tonic – Corsair Gin, Rosemary Simple Syrup, Lime, Tonic Water
Vanilla Bean Cocktail – Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka, Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

Because these guys make small batches they are able to experiment and refine the flavors of their spirits. So far I’ve only tasted the Gin but it is super clean and smooth and lovely. Over the holidays I mixed it with a splash of Dimmi and a few dashes of the Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters.

Which leads us to the bitters for the eve. As the craft of creating and perfecting cocktails has swept the coasts in the past 5 years, so have the availability of bitters. One of my dearest and most inspirational food friends exposed me to a selection at her Italian market out in Sacramento CA about 3 years ago and I have been a convert ever since. From Rhubarb, to Whiskey Barrel, to Celery, bitters are like little dashes of flavor brightness for your cocktails.

The Bitter Truth bitters are part of this flavor revolution. These guys are based in Germany and produce 8 kinds of bitters plus a handful of experimental bitters produced for exclusive hotels or bars. They have some great recipes on their site but the best way to start working with bitters is to taste a few dashes in Champagne or chilled Vodka (I really just like anything with Champagne, it’s probably not the best way to a get a real sense of the bitter flavors since Champagne is not neutral, but it is the fastest and easiest way to make an awesome cocktail!) Once you’ve tasted you can start experimenting with different ideas!


February 2, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
The Public House

There is no admission, flights of the cocktails will be available for purchase and Corsair will be there to answer any questions about the distillery, the distilling process, and their spirits.