Throughout history, when bartenders made their own bitters, they controlled the flavor profile to suit the drinks they wanted to make. Although some ambitious barkeeps still whip up their own, quite a few take a shortcut: they blend existing bitters brands together. At some OG craft cocktail bars (Death & Co., Employees Only), this hack pre-dated the proliferation in bitters brands and provided a way to fine-tune without too much fuss. Over time, mixing bitters became common practice, similar to the way many bartenders mix two types of rum or whiskey in the same, Read More

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