Bittered Sling is a portfolio of high-quality, cocktail bitters and culinary extracts, using 100% fruit spirit from British Columbia, Canada, along with ethically-sourced ingredients and botanicals. Bittered Sling celebrates bartenders, their commitment to creative and thoughtful guest experiences, complimented with delicious cocktails. Bittered Sling’s line up – available in several local and international markets – offers retail and wholesale products to inspire the professional and home bartender.
Originally marketed as a medicinal tonic, bitters are a concentration of select natural herbs, fruits and spices now used primarily as a flavouring agent for cocktail and culinary creations ranging from savoury to sweet. A common and indispensable tool of any bartender, bitters have increased in popularity thanks to the recent renaissance of classic cocktails.
The name Bittered Sling derives from the May 13, 1806 edition of The Balance, and Columbian Repository (Hudson, NY) that denotes a cocktail as “A stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters. It is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.”
By the dash or the drop, each creation offers an intricate range of complex flavours that perfectly accentuates food, spirits and zero-proof applications such as sparkling water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate or juices.
Since its inception, Bittered Sling has garnered local and international acclaim with aromatic labels such as Cascade Celery, Malagasy Chocolate and Kensington Aromatic Bitters - all of which were bestowed with gold medals at
the Beverage Testing Institute’s 2014 International Review of Spirits. In 2013, the company was singled out as Producer/Supplier of the Year at the 24th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Since 2011, both owners – Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote – have also both been event partners and keynote speakers with Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail festival, in New Orleans, Vancouver and Argentina.
Bittered Sling strongly believes in setting a new standard in customer service, and remains committed to providing quality, respect and integrity in each ingredient it sources, and every product it creates.
Kudos for Bittered Sling: Beverage Testing Institute International Review of Spirits Awards (2014): Gold: Kensington Dry Aromatic, Cascade Celery, Malagasy Chocolate
Silver: Plum & Rootbeer, Grapefruit & Hops
24th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards: Producer/Supplier of the Year (2014)