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Doc Elliott's Mixology™ Bitters

Doc’s Dirty Martini
 
Doc’s Dirty Martini
Whether you like your Martini with Gin or Vodka, and dirty or down right filthy, Doc Elliott’s Olive Bitters is the secret to making this Dirty Martini deliciously savory.
Coffee Pecan Old Fashioned
 
Coffee Pecan Old Fashioned
This Old Fashioned is best described as a bite of pecan pie, a taste of coffee, a nibble of dark chocolate, and a sip of fine bourbon.  Always a hit at the events and pop-ups we’ve done, it is one of my personal favorites. Simple to make, you can easily adjust the sweet/bitter balance. I…
Veridian – an Elegant Gin Martini
 
Veridian – an Elegant Gin Martini
  This beautiful Martini combines the herbal qualities of Gin and Chartreuse.  We used Gin Mare, which has a balanced juniper note and is distilled from olives, among other botanicals, all of which play perfectly with Doc Elliott’s Olive Bitters.
Rhubarb Blush
 
Rhubarb Blush
Whether fruit or vegetable, rhubarb heralds Spring. The Rhubarb Blush is fresh and light like the new season.
Doc’s Classic Gin Martini
 
Doc’s Classic Gin Martini
I like my martini’s 2 1/2:1 or 3:1 Gin to Vermouth.  Whatever your favorite ratio, try combining Dry and Bianco 50/50 for the Vermouth. This is a play on the Perfect Martini.  One that combines both dry and sweet Vermouth.
Pomegranate Pucker
 
Pomegranate Pucker
This makes a perfect Valentine’s cocktail.  It is a simple pomegranate gin sour.  Pomegranate juice is tart and not overly sweet.  It pairs well with juniper, olives and oranges.  Thus, our selection of ingredients.
Danny Boy
 
Danny Boy
This is a rich, bittersweet version of an Irish coffee.  I’ve used coffee syrup, which is easy to make and works much better than hot brewed coffee in cold cocktails.  The flavors are coffee first with a background of bittersweet and a creamy texture.
Curl My Toes
 
Curl My Toes
This cocktail has all of the flavors of your favorite gin Martini with the added herbals of Kina al Avion d’Or.  Plus, the botanicals in the vermouth are enhanced by creating the vermouth syrup. 
Mad Hatter Martini
 
Mad Hatter Martini
I enjoy paring cocktails with food, especially if creating a new drink.  We were serving salmon and asparagus the other day.  Since asparagus does not pare with any wine, this seemed the perfect opportunity for a cocktail!
And Now for Something Suze
 
And Now for Something Suze
I fell in love with Suze at first taste.  The full-bodied citrus and herbs and the long spicy, bitter finish had me!  I frequently use it as a modifier to add richness and a little herbal bitterness to various cocktails.  Almost a secret ingredient. I created this cocktail to highlight the flavors of Suze.  After…
Gin & Blood Orange Tonic with Cucumber Cardamon Foam
 
Gin & Blood Orange Tonic with Cucumber Cardamon Foam
This drink is based on Kathy Casey’s Luxury Gin & Tonic Cocktail with Cucumber Lime Foam.  (Follow her on Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen).  I did not have all of the ingredients she called for and, besides, I generally like to mess with recipes!
Carpano Squared
 
Carpano Squared
This, in retrospect, is a play on the Perfect Martini.  One that combines both dry and sweet vermouth.

Craft Cocktails at Home

I have gotten a lot of questions on how to realistically make and serve craft cocktails at home. There are many sites written by professionals whose worlds revolve around commercial bars. So this site is dedicated to the hosts who want to serve craft cocktails and gourmet bar food to their friends and family.
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