The pros: Trader Joe's Hat Trick Trio of Bitters contain three bitters in one box. These are a large size for bitter bottles. These will last a long time as you only use a few dashes per recipe.
The cons: Somewhat pricey for Trader Joe's items. This will set you back $15.99 and you'll need to show ID. The cashier was shocked when the computer told him to ask for ID. I explained to him that bitters contain alcohol.
The verdict: A really nice addition to your home bar. It's not something you'll buy weekly as you only use a couple dashes for each drink.
The back of the Trader Joe's Hat Trick Trio of Bitters box:
The ingredients, and yes, you'll need ID to buy this:
The bottles (which for bitter bottles are pretty big):
Trying things out using the above Joe's Whiskey Sour recipe (which is on the picture on the back of the box) I got a concoction like this (using the classic bitters):
Which actually tasted pretty good, even my husband agreed it was a good Whiskey sour with a good balance (and doesn't require the use of sour mix, yay!). If you enjoy a good cocktail and have gin, rum, or whiskey in your home bar this is worth a look.
The New Daiquiri with spicy bitters (which was a tasty cocktail)
The new Daiquiri was tasty too so that's two good bitters in the bunch.
And to end the week as promised. Here is the Citrus Grove Gin Rickey.
Oh the things I do for this blog. Each bitter added some mysterious element of "I really can't place what that is, but I like it" to each drink. Obviously, you can deviate from the recommended 5 dashes and make it to your taste.
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Really interesting topic.
is the spicy bitters spicy?
No they are not. If mixed with soda it will remind you of a spiced alcohol that has a strong element of clove to it. It should say "spiced" not spicy. It did add a mysterious element to the drink. Hope that helps.
Savannah Staneart says
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msw blog says
Yikes $15 seems pricey for TJ's you might enjoy this post
Abby Olsen: My Crazy Chicken Coop says
Great! Thanks for the gift suggestion 😉
no expiration date is there enough alchol so they don't go bad
Hey Robert! I still have some of these left over. Typically bitters are 70-80 proof. That is roughly the same proof as some vodkas or other spirits. So in short, no these shouldn't go bad.