Making cocktails at home can be as fun as they are tasty. But what about when you’re at the park or the beach? Or camping or flying or otherwise engaged, away from your bar tools and mixers? Well, the fine folks at Bittermilk have a hack for that, which doesn’t sacrifice quality — in fact, their Single Serve Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned may be the best Old Fashioned you’ve ever tried.
It’s called the Old Fashioned for a reason — the combination of whiskey, bitters and sugar is almost as old as the cocktail itself. It acquired the name in the late 1800s, when nostalgic veteran drinkers started ordering their whiskey cocktails “the old fashioned way.” Cocktail trends may come and go, but the Old Fashioned is obviously here to stay.
In addition to tasting delicious, the Old Fashioned is one of the easiest cocktails to make. So why do you need this bottled mixer? Apart from convenience, notice the “bourbon barrel aged” in the name. Barrel aged cocktails are on another level from their standard, un-aged siblings. That time in wood gives them a depth and a richness you won’t find in a freshly mixed cocktail. And now you can get the flavor of an aged cocktail without waiting around for it to age.
Bittermilk’s mixers are handcrafted and bottled by Marielena and Joe Raya, two veterans of the bar and restaurant world who opened and ran one of Charleston, SC’s most popular craft cocktail bars, before moving on to help people make quality drinks at home. They’re now up to seven different mixers, all available in single-serve bottles like this one. Their small size makes them perfect for traveling, party favors, or stocking stuffers — or even part of an advent calendar. Once you try this Old Fashioned (you provide the bourbon or rye, and a twist of orange or lemon peel if you so desire), we strongly suspect you’ll want to explore the rest of Bittermilk’s range of mixers. And to sweeten the deal as well as your drink, you can take $5 off orders at www.bittermilk.com through January 31, just by using the code VICES. Bottoms up!
Oh, and that gift card you found with your mixer? Well, we didn’t want to choose everything in your advent calendar, so here’s your chance to go shopping at Vices Reserve (www.vicesreserve.com) and take $30 off anything in the place! From vases and ashtrays to decanters and glassware, sunglasses and spirits, you’ll find terrific treats for yourself and the perfect gift for someone special, featuring items from recent Robb Vices boxes as well as treasures we’ve selected for two reasons — we like them, and we like you. Happy hunting!