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Continued: Local cocktail enthusiasts are sweet on bitters

  • Article by: CELIA AMPEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 27, 2013 - 5:10 PM

Retailers in Milwaukee and Seattle have shown interest in selling the bitters kits. The trio hopes to someday get people across the country having fun with old-time flavors.

“People spend so much time watching cooking shows, reading books about food, reading restaurant reviews,” James Eastman said. “Get back into the kitchen. That’s the experience. That’s what it’s all about.”

 

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  • A local design guru and his nephew have teamed up with a St. Paul bartender to produce homemade bitters kits. Riding the craft cocktail wave, locally made bitters have become a trend in the past few years after about a century of obsolescence. Erik Eastman and Dan Oskey (“Easy & Oskey” is their company name), along with Erik’s uncle James Eastman talked about their DIY kits at The Strip Club on Thursday on St. Paul’s East Side. James Eastman, Dan Oskey, and Erik Eastman, from left, stood for a portrait Thursday afternoon at The Strip Club.

  • Dan Oskey, who tends bar at the Strip Club restaurant and bar on St. Paul’s East Side, dropped some black-pepper bitters into a honey pepper variant of the classic Manhattan cocktail.

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