Food & Drink

Cheer for Bitter Tears

Jazz up happy hour/meal time with cocktail bitters

bitter tears!

An evening that starts with Bitter Tears usually ends in laughter.

And there are more good times to be had beyond the bar.

The far-out flavors created by Highland Park’s Ms. and His (a.k.a. Taylor Brittenham and Jeremy Schwartz) deliver a culinary booster shot to any recipe.

Sub in Lolita for vanilla extract to transform a plain white cake into a cherry bourbon dream. Upgrade a bowl of supermarket sorbet and berries with Hina (hibiscus rose).

But don’t let the handcrafted cocktail bitters quit their night job: Ms. Piggy adds a smoky, bacony dimension to old-fashioneds, and lavender elderberry gimlets simply require a splash of KiKi.

Lucille (blood orange and ginger with anise and cinnamon) and Gypsy (tamarind, cacao) are available year-round. But for seasonal, microbatch varieties like curried pumpkin (nice in hot toddies and mulled wine), act fast.

Whatever your final concoction, it will be a far cry from boring.

Available at Bar Keeper, 3910 West Sunset Boulevard, between Lucile and Sanborn Avenues, Silver Lake (323-669-1611 or barkeepersilverlake.com). For more information, go to bittertears.la.

Photo: Courtesy of Bitter Tears

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3910 W Sunset Blvd
bt Lucile & Sanborn Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90029