eating in | bitter spring cocktail and a giveaway

Grapefruit Campari Gin Cocktail

Update: Congrats to Meghan at Mustard and Sage for winning Scrappy’s Citrus Bitters. 

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to spend here. To mark my return I’m having a little giveaway. Kaufmann Mercantile is one of my favorite online retailers. If you’ve been there you already know why. The shop is highly curated and the best of the best when it comes to all those handy little things you need around your home, office and garden.

The kind folks at Kaufmann have a set of Scrappy’s Cocktail Citrus Bitters, made in the NW no less, to give to one of you. The set features grapefruit, orange, cardamom and lime bitters. All are perfect in a cocktail or even a glass of soda water. Believe me, I’ve tried them. Rules are simple, comment below with the cocktail you would make with these citrus bitters and be sure to visit Kaufmann Mercantile to see all their fine wares. I’ll pick a winner Monday, May 7.


Bitter Spring – serves 1

Spring in the Northwest is not unlike winter in the Northwest. It’s rainy, cool and leaves everyone aching for warmer weather. This cocktail is a bit of a spring tease too. It’s colorful and bright as spring should be but upon first taste, you’ll realize, it is not sweet and sugary but very much a grown-up drink.

2 ounces good quality Gin
1/2 grapefruit sliced
1 oz club soda
3 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom bitters
1/2 ounce Campari

Muddle the grapefruit slices, gin, club soda and bitters. Pour over ice. Add the Campari floater and serve with a lemon twist and a salty snack.



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17 Responses to “eating in | bitter spring cocktail and a giveaway”

  1. amy May 1, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    We have really enjoyed drinking Chilcano Pisco Ginger’s lately. Recipe calls for Angostura bitters but I think it would be fun to try with the lime bitters. Thanks for sharing a great online resource.

  2. Meghan May 1, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve been waiting for this! Looks awesome, can’t wait to taste this bad boy.

  3. alicia May 1, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    my go to drink is a champagne cocktail and it would be nice to spice things up with these bitters. although your bitter spring cocktail might become a staple in my home. :)

  4. Baker K May 2, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I’m thinking of tequila with the grapefruit bitters, simple syrup and splash of soda.

  5. Julie May 2, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I’ve been waiting for the results of your cocktail experiments. All my favorite flavors, I can’t wait to try this! Cardamom is a fantastic flavor for drinks!

  6. Grandpa May 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    This is a little ditty I had at Z Cuisine recently, they call it Le Vie en Rose, I have been making way too many of these as of late, so refreshing! 3 parts – champagne, grapefruit juice and vodka over crushed ice. So I would swap out the grapefruit juice with the grapefruit bitters. Voila!

  7. 180360 May 3, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    I’ve missed you! So curious to try many of the recipes on Scrappy’s site. I’d like to try making a Sazerac with a different kind of bitter. Perhaps a little sacrilege, but that’s sort of why I’d like to do it.

  8. Mary May 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Great to see you back! You have been missed!
    I must give this recipe a try.

  9. manda May 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I would make the recipe listed! Great giveaway!

  10. Meghan May 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Glad to see you back, Casey! I love a good Manhattan; I bet the orange bitters would be a perfect fit. :)

  11. yvonne May 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Great post! Love the packaging on the bitters.

    I would love to try the Cardamom bitters with gin, Cynar, selzer, and orange slices! Yum! Fun giveaway!

  12. Lauren May 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m looking forward to a summer of cocktail experimentation…for the moment though I am loving Italian Greyhounds with Rosemary. The Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters would be a very welcome addition!

  13. Caroline C May 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Am I too late? Hope not… I would love anything with grapefruit as the main flavor… Kaufmann mercantile is one of my favorites too! I’d love to experiment with these bitters.

  14. Hillary Butler {Fine Art} May 8, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Grapefruit-a-licious!! Pinning now- this looks amazing! I usually make these virgin with mint, ( but you’re giving me all kinds of ideas to spice mine up! Thanks!

  15. Rachael May 16, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I’m new to bitters, but the Bitter Spring looks like an incredible place to start!

  16. Luanne May 17, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    I’ve been intrigued with bitters lately, have not tried, and so happy to know that they come in a variety of flavors – especially from the PNW! I would try the recipe you’ve posted here, and the Elegant Spice. Thank you!

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