AZ Bitters Lab is Arizona’s first research and production laboratory for the creation of small batch, hand-crafted cocktail bitters and flavor extracts. You can use these bitters in a variety of ways such as a dash or two in cocktails, add a few drops in your coffee or sparkling water, and as a flavor extract option in baking or cooking.
Our story goes something like this…Lillian is an Arizona native from Gilbert and Bill grew up in Boston. After marrying, we spent our first years together in New England. While there we enjoyed the wine and food scene of Boston, and grew to enjoy pairing obscure wines with food creations at home.
After landing back in Phoenix; we found that some wonderful local bartenders were doing fun things in pairing cocktails with food. The ability to tune a cocktail to play off of food flavor profiles really resonated with us. The more we talked with bartenders, the more we learned of the arrays of house-made tinctures, infusions, and bitters that were hiding behind these bars.
This intrigued us even more, enough so that we started experimenting in little Mason jars with various herbs, zests, spices, and spirits. The little Mason jars grew to larger Mason jars. We started sharing samples with family, friends, and those bartenders that lit this fire under us. With so much positive feedback, we would add more of this, change out this ingredient to that, and keep on experimenting until we felt we nailed a few recipes.
So now we’ve moved from Mason jars to a much larger scale with a focus to build that little explosion of flavor that really is food-focused. Our ingredients are carefully sourced from local vendors; everything is hand chopped and blended. We do all the mixing, tasting, bottling, and labeling by hand. The end result is a bottled product that we are proud to put our name on.
We will continue those Mason jar experiments and when we find the next winning recipe we will bring that to you as well. In the meantime, please enjoy our flavor bursts in your cocktails, drinks, baked goods, or other recipes. Have fun! Experiment! And let us know what you discover.
Bill and Lill Buitenhuys