The Bitter Truth Company has succeeded in recreating the original 19th-century Bogart’s Bitters recipe used by “the father of American bartending”, Jerry Thomas.
After 10 years of research and development, the German bitters specialists managed to reproduce the liquid found in an original bottle as well as packaging based on the original label.
The especially commissioned glass bottle follows the original “Lady Leg” design. Each one comes individually boxed with a history and recipe booklet featuring some of Jerry Thomas’s original cocktails.
Dark brown in colour, Bogart’s Bitters amalgamates a mix of dark spice, chocolatey coffee and European herbs.
It brings back aromatic bitters that featured in Jerry Thomas’s seminal 1862 book The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion.
Jamie Boudreau of Seattle bar Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium said: “The formula has been analysed, interpreted and changes in flavour profile, due to age, were subtracted and the liquid formulated in the way it authentically resembles Jerry Thomas’s favourite bitters of more than a century ago.”
The Bitter Truth Bogart’s Bitters have an ABV of 42.1% and come in 35cl bottles. They are distributed along with the rest of The Bitter Truth range in the UK by Love Drinks.
The Bitter Truth was established by former bartenders Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck with the intention of supplying the kind of cocktail bitters that had not been seen for over a century.