Dale DeGroff and chemist Ted Breaux (founder of Jade Liqueurs and Lucid Absinthe) announced they will release their new handcrafted allspice cocktail bitters next month.
Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters™ is a revival of a style of bitters that had all but disappeared by the latter 20th century. It was created by blending Pimento berry – a delightfully complex and layered spice – with a hint of anise and other herbs. The result is a versatile bitters that provides a delicious compliment to many classic and modern cocktails.
Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters™ is produced in the historic Combier distillery (Saumur, France) by infusing and distilling a blend of select botanicals. Allspice berries provide the foundation of the flavor profile, which is layered with tropical and Mediterranean spices. The natural occurring essential oils of pimento are believed to aid digestion in traditional medicine. It is carefully crafted to enhance the flavor of cocktails without overpowering them.
“If I were trapped on a desert island and had one ingredient to mix with spirits, this would be it!” says DeGroff: “Locked in the heart of this single berry is the essence of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg- it is a brilliant base for a cocktail bitters.”
Completely artisanal in construction, DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters™ is crafted entirely from whole botanicals, without commercial flavorings or artificial dyes. Use it to spice a wide range of classic and modern favorites like the Piña Colada, Painkiller, Mai Tai, the Sazerac and other whiskey cocktails, also Champagne cocktails. DeGroff also recommends adding a dash to accent straight spirits like grappa, gin, and whiskey.