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Dr. Adam Elmegirab - ITEM # BOKER-BITTERS

Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Cocktail Bitters - 3.38 oz

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Made with dried orange peel, quassia bark, green cardamon, catechu, and clove, Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Cocktail Bitters are a reformulation of a long-lost 19th century bitters recipe.


    Based on a long-lost bitters formula, Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Cocktail Bitters let you enjoy pre-Prohibition cocktails as they might have tasted in the 19th century.

    The name Boker's refers to a brand of bitters famously preferred by legendary barman Jerry Thomas. They are featured throughout his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion, the earliest-known bartender's guide.​ Unfortunately, Prohibition closed the Boker's company in the 1920s, and with its closing, the Boker's recipe was lost.

    In 2009, after 18 months of research that included tasting and analyzing original samples, and referencing historical medical guides and counterfeit recipes dating as far back as 1853, Dr. Adam's released this historically accurate Boker's reformulation.

    Made with dried orange peel, quassia bark, green cardamon, catechu, and clove, Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Cocktail Bitters is a rich and intensely bitter addition to the aromatic bitters category. On the nose, it offers plenty of eucalyptus, pine, and woody cardamom, while it tastes predominately of cardamom, coffee, and orange.

    Its complex profile works well with a number of spirits, modifiers, and supporting flavors, including cognac, genever, Old Tom gin, whiskies, cream, eggs, lemon, passion fruit, honey, maple, grapes, pears, cacao, orgeat, and coffee. Try using a few dashes in your favorite Jerry Thomas recipe or use the bitters as inspiration for an original cocktail creation.

    • Made in Scotland
    • Inspired by bitters originally created in 1828 by Johann Gottlieb Boker
    • This reformulation was released in August 2009 after 18 months of research
    • Crafted from over proof spirits, water, herbs, spices, orange peel, quassia bark, catechu, cardamom and mallow flowers
    • Use them to recreate many of Jerry Thomas's famous cocktail recipes
    • Aroma has notes of eucalyptus, pine, and woody cardamom
    • Flavor is intensely bitters with predominate cardamom, coffee, and orange notes
    • Complements cognac, Old Tom gin, genever, and more

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    • Size: 100ml (3.38 oz)
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    I purchased this item after reading much about the original Boker's bitters and their use in cocktails past. Not being among the immortal undead, I have no basis for comparison to the original. However, I have tried these bitters by themselves in a bitters and soda and in the Martinez cocktail as they were called for. In soda, the cardamom and citrus notes are apparent in the nose and first on the tongue. This is soon joined by a rich herbal flavor, one I can only liken to very good vermouth or other bitters. The crescendo is the bitter which rises at the end of the tasting and just as it peaks in intensity, it disappears from the palate. A little goes a long way with these. Also, the reducer top on mine doesn't dash, it pours. I added too much to the first run of the Martinez with these and had to start again. In the Martinez, they help "break up" the sweetness of the Old Tom gin and the red vermouth and underscore the herbs and botanicals in each. An excellent product and I will be adding more of the range to my bitters library.
    August 31, 2017
    Atlanta, GA, US
    7 months ago
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