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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Serves Up The Secrets to its Success in Behind the Scenes Video.
So what’s the secret? Lots and lots of prep-work, including making everything and anything in-house. For example, B&T offers five types of house-made ice, from hand-carved ice balls and punchbowl-ready “super cubes,” to shaved ice and crushed nuggets.
But that’s just the tip of the ice pick when it comes to B&T’s custom ingredient program, which includes 16 different house-infused spirits made with fresh ingredients such as grilled pineapple or pure vanilla bean, as well as 14 varieties of house-made syrups, sugars and foams.
According to B&T’s Principal Barmen & Proprietor, Ross Simon, “We’re not just doing this to look cool. It’s all about crafting better tasting drinks, so anything that we can prepare fresh in-house without the use of industrial preservatives, we will.” More important, he says, “This video was our chance to show the care we put into each cocktail. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so we thought this would be the perfect way to bring our fans behind the scenes.”
At Bitter & Twisted, all these handcrafted ingredients are used to create the hundreds of drinks offered in the 24-page Book o’ Cocktails. Brimming with custom cocktail creations and inventive twists on old favorites, this colorfully illustrated tome is also overflowing with all-new creations such as the Czech Please (Becherovka liqueur, muddled lime and cane syrup) or On Like Donkey Kong (VSOP Cognac shaken over ice with crème de banana, a touch of cane syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice and a rim of banana sugar).
Furthermore, forget shaken or stirred because B&T also offers the world’s first Flawless Martini, starting with hand-bottled blend of a house specific ratio of spirit, vermouth and nano filtered water that’s been chilled to less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12.2 degrees Celsius). Sure, some serve their Martinis even colder thanks to high-tech gimmicks such as liquid nitrogen, however, unless you like to slam your martini (not recommended), as soon as these cocktails start to warm, you are left with a bottle strength spirit. However, with B&T’s precisely pre-diluted “Flawless Martini” program, your cocktail stays consistently balanced and sip-able, no matter how long you let it linger.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
1 W. Jefferson St. (Jefferson & Central)
Phoenix, AZ 85003