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Fee Brothers Mint Bitters

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters


By Robert Plotkin

After 140 year, the good folks at Fee Brothers in Rochester, New York have learned just about everything there is to know regarding the art and science of making bitters. That’s good news for mixologists around the globe. With cocktails in the midst of a prolonged renaissance, aromatic bitters have again become a prominent and most necessary commodity behind the bar. Having a good selection of bitters on-hand when crafting cocktails is like a chef having access to a broad array of spices.

An excellent example of the company’s exceptional product line is Fee Brothers Mint Bitters. The only one of its type produced in the Unite States, the 70-proof bitters is based on an item popular in the Golden Age of cocktails. It has a brilliant green hue and a generous peppermint aroma. It adds a touch of intrigue to Juleps, Smashes and Mojitos.

Bar chefs and master mixologists will find a veritable treasure trove of flavors within Fee’s line of bitters. The classic Orange, Rhubarb, Cherry, Peach, Grapefruit and Lemon Bitters are among their bestselling bitters. Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters is a singular brand of aromatic bitters matured in used Tennessee whiskey casks. The result is genuinely remarkable and is ideal for use in Manhattans, among other cocktails. It’s a special release item made in limited quantity.

Fashioned after a product popular long ago, Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters is flavored with the bitter orange peels cultivated in the Caribbean West Indies. Its vibrancy makes it an ideal candidate for use in scores of classic cocktails.


Fee Brothers Mint Bitters Recipes

Blue Dahlia
Cocktail glass, chilled
Add to an empty mixing glass
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
2 basil leaves
4 mint leaves
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Muddle contents and add ice
1 1/2 oz. Titos Handmade Vodka
1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Dash Fee Bros Lemon Bitters
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake vigorously and double strain
Lemon twist garnish
Bucking Borracho
Highball glass, ice
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 oz. Espolon Tequila Reposado
2 dashes blended Chocolate Bitters*
1/4 oz. ginger syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake and strain
Top with ginger beer
Lemon slice and mint sprig garnish

*Note: Blended chocolate bitters is equal parts Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate and Bitter Truth Xocolatl Bitters
Chefetz-Myles Mai Tai
Old fashioned glass, ice
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 oz. Plantation Barbados Rum
1 oz. Plantation Rum Jamaica 2000 Vintage
1/2 oz. Mathilde Orange XO Liqueur
1/4 oz. Rich Simple Syrup
1/4 oz. Fee Bros. Orgeat Syrup
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Shake and strain
Mint sprig and Sonya orchid garnish
Parisian Manhattan
Rocks glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac
3/4 oz. Carpano Antica Italian Vermouth
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Fee Bros Peach Bitters
Shake and strain
2 preserved cherries garnish
Perfect Gentlewoman, The
Rocks glass, ice
Build in glass
1 1/2 oz. Clontarf Irish Whiskey
1 1/2 oz. Celtic Crossing
2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
Stir gently
Siempre Avanti
Highball glass, ice
Build in glass
1 1/2 oz. Wild Shot Mezcal
1/2 oz. Fee Bros. Zesty Pickle Brine
4 oz. Bloody Mary Mix
Pickled pepper and celery stick garnish