On this week’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table (that’s episode 16 for those of you keeping score!), we mosey on down to New Orleans (aka NOLA, aka The Big Easy, aka ‘Nawlins) for a review of two cocktail bitters and a syrup from El Guapo Bitters. Here’s some information (taken directly from the El Guapo Bitters website) about what we’ll be reviewing:
Chicory Pecan Bitters: The quintessential taste of New Orleans, our Chicory Pecan Bitters are one of our most sought after products. Made with freshly roasted Congregation Coffee located a stone’s throw from our office, these aromatic bitters pack a punch with flavors of coffee, chicory, pecans and cinnamon.
Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters: A labor of love, these bitters are made with naturally and traditionally grown, fermented, dried, and stone ground cacao and spices from St. Lucia and local produce from New Orleans – then aged in LA1 Whiskey barrels from Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux. Extreme chocolate notes are complemented by lighter spices and oaky whiskey with a bitter finish and light tingling sensation drawn out from the local cayenne peppers. These bitters capture the essence of traditional Cocoa Tea and pay homage to that drink’s lineage from the xocolatl drinks of ancient Central America and the mole sauces made there now. This is everything you want your chocolate bitters to be.
Creole Pecan Orgeat Syrup: A variation of traditional almond orgeat, we make our creole orgeat with natural Louisiana cane sugar and Louisiana pecans toasted in cast iron skillets. This syrup is fresh and effervescent with notes of orange and rose. This syrup is perfect for any Mai Tai or old fashioned recipe. We’re known to add these to milk punches, and it’s also a favorite for both warm and chilled holiday cocktails. Add some in your next batch of eggnog!
In addition to sampling these concoctions on their own, we also tried them in a couple of cocktail recipes: the King Cake Old Fashioned, which was on the label of the Orgeat Syrup; and a Oaxacan Old Fashioned which was inspired by a cocktail that we sampled at Central Taco & Tequila in Westmont, NJ.
To see and hear all that we had to say about these products from the fine folks at El Guapo of The Big Easy, click the play button in the video below. And if you liked this video, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Thanks in advance for your support!