About Bittermilk No. 5 Charred Grapefruit Tonic
Bittermilk is a husband and wife team from Charleston, South Carolina. Founded by MariElena and Joe Raya, the operation was launched in 2013 with the goal of simplifying the process for the home cocktail-maker. Their range includes 7 cocktail mixers: Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned, Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour, New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rogue, Charred Grapefruit Tonic, Oaxacan Old Fashioned, and Gingerbread Old Fashioned.
Hand-crafted and made in small batches, all of the mixers are non-alcoholic and use unique, all-natural, and mostly organic ingredients. Each comes with a suggested recipe that is as simple as adding the specified spirit type in the correct ratio. All of the mixers contain a bitter, sweet, and acidic component that contributes to the balance of the finished cocktail. Bitters take the center stage, as the name Bittermilk implies. Several botanicals and aromatics are added, while creative techniques such as smoking, barrel-aging, and macerating add to the complexity.
They make one thing clear with Bittermilk No. 5 Charred Grapefruit Tonic: It's not your typical tonic. It's made with lime and lemon juice, spices, Florida golden cane sugar, as well as cinchona bark, the natural source of quinine. Fresh grapefruits skins are charred and some locally-produced Bulls Bay Sea Salt is added in order to bring out the salted caramel notes. The mixer is crafted to pair great with any light spirit, such as vodka or gin.
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The history of cocktails dates back to the not-so-good days of prohibition when people started to mix drinks trying to make the homemade or bootlegged liquor drinkable.
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