The Edmonton Examiner: Better Bitters

The Edmonton Examiner wrote interviewed Douglas about cocktail bitters

I’m happy to be sharing the first bit of media attention State Motto has received! I did an interview with Trent Wilkie of the Edmonton Examiner. Beyond the quote below, I go on to mention mentions some of the history of cocktail bitters, the most common questions I have on the consumption and production of such spirits, and even my plans for things to come.

Better Bitters

Stewart, who got into the distilled spirit after buying a bottle to support a friend’s Kickstarter campaign, has now delved into the drink himself. His fondness for seeing the originally-labelled bottle on his drink shelves has led him to create his own.

“Thinking about how nice it could be to be able to make something that could sit in the homes of my friends and family for years to come, and similarly give them warm feelings,” Stewart said. “I started digging into the history of bitters and settled on lilac as a scent to preserve for years.”

After selling out his entire stock in an hour, Stewart decided to try his hand at bitters again. For clarity sake, bitters is: liquor that is flavored with the sharp, pungent taste of plant extracts and is used as an additive in cocktails or as a medicinal substance to promote appetite or digestion.

Read the entire article, Better Bitters, at the Edmonton Examiner.

Earl Grey Cocktail Bitters

Earl Grey Cocktail Bitters

Earl Grey cocktail bitters are now available! After waiting for the best organic cornflowers to be found to arrive and more than a month in preparation, Mary, the State Motto Earl Grey bitters can now be purchased in 4oz bottles.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I appreciate your support. As usual, by following our aim of “No Artificial Flavors • Organic When Possible • As Local as Possible” we are able to bring you the best (mostly) organic earl grey flavourings possible.

I’ve already heard back from Earl Grey bitters customer #1, Paul that this works great in Manhattan cocktails and the Negroni, which is one of my favorite drinks.

This batch of cocktail bitters also marked the end of an era. From this point on the 4oz dropper bottle will be retired …and replaced with the 5oz woozy-capped bottle for no additional charge! This means you get 20% more State Motto cocktail bitters, and 20% more earl grey cocktail bitters in the future, at what are already low costs. The reason for this is that in my quest to continually find ways to get better product to you, I’ve found that larger bottles are somehow less expensive. Bonus!

The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair!

Royal Bison 2014 / November 28+29+30

When you last heard from me, I’d applied to be among the incredibly talented arts and craftspersons at the 17th bi-annual Royal Bison Craft and Art Fair. I have good news.

We’re going to the Royal Bison!

The Royal Bison is no regular craft show. It’s the place to be to show off your fine arts, crafts, and wares. I started State Motto lilac bitters in a single 250mL mason jar, and in the last few months have already grown to batches measuring in gallons. Being a part of Royal Bison will test not only my ability to produce enough in time for the event, but to see just how smoothly the process of ordering, payment, and delivery is running as well. I’m a little bit scared, but incredibly excited.

So please stop by November 28th, 29th, or 30th and say hello! I will happily tell you why you need more bitters in your life, and some of their less-traditional uses. There’s a lot more to bitters consumption than mere cocktail flavoring!

You can expect to see the very popular Earl Grey bitters available for sale as well as a special Royal Bison Edition of two new bitters varieties! The first is named Royal and is my first round of a citrus and floral bitter, and its companion, for darker drinks, is Bison, a juicy, dark, and spicy aromatic blend. Both will be available here online, but at discount only at the Royal Bison!

As you’ve come to expect, everything we’re planning and making will still be available here on the State Motto website, but if you don’t want to pay for shipping, or don’t wish to wait, you can come on down and get yours in person and at a nice little discount!