The cocktail bloggers are a small and tight-knit community. I exchange e-mail and phone calls with bloggers I've never met in person. Virtual gatherings and events are what keep most of us posting. Mixology Monday is fun because everyone gets involved to share ideas and explore new concepts. Kaiser Penguin's recent community Tiki Cocktail Photo Contest was really fun for everyone. The Spirit World's Raider's of the Lost Cocktails is off to a great start.
Reviving lost ingredients, and bringing the virtual community together for an event seemed like a great idea. Since bitters are a key ingredient in classic cocktails, and the variety of bitters available can be somewhat limited, I thought it would be fun to organize a bitters exchange.
The idea is that everyone who participates will make their own batch of bitters, share their recipe, and then trade with all the other participants. By trading bitters, you can sample a variety without having to make many different batches. Most of the bitters recipes I've come across make a liter or more of bitters.
I figure you can divide a liter into 3 oz. samples about 11 times. Share your success (or get rid of your mess).
Darcy at The Art of Drink has done all the hard work and gathered a collection of bitters recipes off the tubes:
Regan's Orange Bitters No. 5
Chuck Taggart's No. 3
Boudreau's Bitters #2
Robert Hess House Bitters
Dr. Schwartz's Bitters
Neyah White has a recipe for Sunshine Bitters.
You can also google around a bit and come up with bitters recipes from Jerry Thomas, Charles Baker and Tom Bullock.
If you need to obtain some secret ingredients for you bitters recipe, you can find them at Tenzing Momo in the Pike Place Market.
If you want to participate in the bitters exchange, leave a comment here or contact me through e-mail so we can work out the logistics. I've got four participants already.