Hella Bitters & Soda Review

Hella Bitters and Soda

Hella Bitters & Soda isn’t the first product I’ve reviewed from the ever-expanding Hella Cocktail Co. When I met their founders back in 2016, bitters were their only product. Since then, their brand has expanded to include a full lineup of bitters, mixers, and canned bitters and soda. Since their rebrand from Hella Bitters to Hella Cocktail Co., their growing product line continues their tradition of using only premium ingredients that are fresh and free from artificial additives—something much of their competitors cannot say.

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Shaman’s Medley – A Complex and Bitter Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Shaman's Medley non-alcoholic cocktail

It can be a challenge to match the complexity of a well-made (alcoholic) cocktail. However, when one considers all the elements that contribute to make cocktails enjoyable, it’s simpler to create non-alcoholic counterparts. The Shaman’s Medley is the perfect example because it incorporates egg white to give it that silky mouthfeel you find in so many classics. The highlight of this recipe is DHŌS Bittersweet, a non-alcoholic aperitif.

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South Bend – A Non-Alcoholic Southside Riff

South Bend non-alcoholic cocktail

This non-alcoholic cocktail is a riff on the simple Southside. Non-alcoholic spirits often use either capsicum or menthol to simulate the burn of alcohol. I find that crafting a recipe that plays to that factor helps zero-proof options come closer to replacing their alcoholic counterparts.

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Era of Light – A Non-Alcoholic Sunflower Riff

Era of Light non-alcoholic cocktail

This non-alcoholic cocktail is a riff on the Sunflower created by Sam Ross of Attaboy. It uses two of DHŌS Spirits’ alcohol-free products. The use of the Belvoir Elderflower Cordial is a great alternative to St. Germain, and the Pastiche bitters take the place of the absinthe rinse. Of course, the bitters do contain alcohol, so simply remove that element if you prefer.

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Spirit of Inclusion – A case for Zero-Proof Cocktails

two zero-proof cocktails

Someone walks into a bar and orders a non-alcoholic drink. Immediately, assumptions begin to fly. Guests assume they’re a teetotaler. Bartenders worry they won’t tip well. Others assume they’re on the wagon, or pregnant. It’s only human to construct these narratives, but there is a problem with them.

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