“My interest in bitters probably began with my love of beer, which transcended into a love of classic cocktails, which bitters are a huge part of,” said Mykie Marks, the ‘Head Alchemist’ of the operation. “I think playing with the different layers in the flavor profiles can add such an awesome depth and uniqueness to the drink.”
The Bitter Wife’s current bitter line includes Baked Apple, Coffee Pecan, Cherry Almond and Black Pepper Vanilla. Winter seasonal flavors include Cranberry, Roasted Pumpkin and Gingerbread, and a Spring/Summer seasonal line is coming soon inspired by inspired by Watershed’s Four Peel Gin and other floral, fruity flavors.
Marks says her bitters are not only cheaper than many on the market by about a dollar a bottle, but also better quality.
“As far as some of the popular lines, Fee Brothers for instance, when you look at the label you usually see two ingredients: Gentian Extract and Artificial Flavoring,” said Marks. “I don’t use anything artificial in mine. I only use whole ingredients. If a recipe calls for something dry or roasted, I buy it raw then dry or roast it myself.”
The Bitter Wife’s products are currently being used behind the bar at 89 Fish and Grill, Red Brick Tap & Grill and Zauber Brewing Company. Bottles retail for $7 and can be purchased by emailing Marks directly: firstname.lastname@example.org