Based on patent medicines, bitters are a tincture of fruits, nuts, spices, barks, and woods. Hard to drink on their own, a long time ago people added a bit of sugar and some spirits and created the first cocktails. Bitters are important because they are the spice rack of cocktail making. They have the ability to heighten certain flavors in booze and mixers, while also softening others. They even have the power to bring disparate flavors into harmony. The Bitter Housewife carries on the tradition in an all natural, small batch fashion - made in our Portland facility by hand. We source only the best real ingredients from sustainable, artisan producers.