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The Bitter Taste of the Holidays? Don't say that like it's a bad thing!

The Bitter Taste of the Holidays? Don't say that like it's a bad thing!

Whether you're looking to stock your bar for the holidays in a way that prepares you for every taste and any eventuality or you're looking for the perfect gift for the budding mixologist in your life, may we recommend something from our own well-stocked section of cocktail bitters.

Originally developed as medicines, tonics and digestifs, bitters have found their rightful place behind the bar and come in both alcohol-based and glycerin-based formulas representing a wide variety of flavours to add that certain something to cocktails and even some other kinds of recipes. For example, you can't really claim to have made a proper Manhattan or Toronto cocktail without the inclusion of bitters. Or try this: add a few drops of Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters to a glass of cava or prosecco to add a note of creaminess to the experience!

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Ghee Whiz

Ghee Whiz

Lee's Ghee

We've just broadened our offering of flavours from Lee's Ghee in the store and it seemed like a good opportunity to answer some questions about ghee in general and offer some options for how to make use of it at home.

So, first, what is ghee, exactly? Well, when you melt butter and let it boil for a bit, the water in it evaporates and the milk solids settle to the bottom. Strain those away and the butter fat that is left will be solid at room temperature, and since the moisture content is very low and there are no more milk solids left in it, it can be kept for a long time without refrigeration. Lee suggests a shelf life of up to a year with her products.

Of course, what makes her ghee a bit out of the ordinary is a) the organic, grass-fed butter she starts with and b) the infusions and aging she applies to the basic product.

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