Bittermilk was created by husband and wife team Joe and MariElena Raya in Charleston, S.C. They had plenty of practice in cocktail creation from running their bar, the Gin Joint, and decided to bottle the best in cocktail mixers for those with less patience and practice.
The name was derived from buttermilk, and since real cocktails are almost all based around the use of bitters, buttermilk easily became Bittermilk.
Owners Marielena and Joe Raya
They’re adamant about maintaining freshness in their bar with hand squeezed, cut and shaved everything, but Bittermilk mixers came out of the notion that “When you get together to have drinks with friends, it’s not supposed to be serious,” Joe says.
Their cocktails all match well with the liquor you would expect, but the creativity of the flavor allows you to interchange spirits for a cocktail all your own. Joe says that “We want to make it easier to mix good drinks, but not in a way that takes creativity out of people’s hands.” Their website offers a dozen unique recipes all with video instruction.
The Rayas stress the mixers aren’t meant to replace the handcrafted cocktail experience, but for simplicity's sake or the beginner's try, this Bittermilk will taste sweet!
We have a bunch of new "Made in the USA" products coming in just a few days! We'll be profiling each of them over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Photo: John and Emilie load a container of American-made products headed to our UK fulfillment center!
The past few weeks have been quite busy as we prepared to send over a shipment of new products from over 20 new US companies. We finally got the shipping container all packed up today in Columbia, South Carolina and it will set sail for the UK from Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday!
We have some exciting new products headed over from companies like Brackish, Fire & Flavor, Cocoa Bella, Bamboosa, Savannah Bee Company, and more! Over the next few weeks, we'll feature new products here on our blog, so stay tuned!