When asked to recreate a favourite moment of her life, Michelle Middleton mixes a sweet cocktail with her hand-crafted bitters. That moment recalled would be a cozy family gathering, with baked apples and cinnamon in the oven.
“Bitters are the flavours of the past”, says Middleton, founder of Middleton’s Bitters. “Flavours like the root beer brings me back to childhood instantly. Plus, they make really good drinks.”
Supported by her family and friends, Middleton started brewing cocktail bitters in her kitchen back in 2020. While she started with a few spiced and fruit ones in small jars, Middleton has always wanted to perfect her Old Fashioned Mix. As of today, there are four flavours of Old Fashioned Mix at Middleton’s Bitters, not to mention additional seasonal releases at local markets.
“The Apple and Cinnamon is such a warm and cozy one. It’s paired with comforting spices and elevates an Old Fashioned to the next level for sure,” says the bitter master.
Apart from cocktail bitters and syrups, you’d also find hand-packed cocktail garnishes and kits at Middleton’s. If you want to level up your Old Fashioned game, the Old Fashioned Kit won’t do you wrong: Pick out a cocktail smoker, wood chips, your choice of two cocktail bitters and citrus for a perfect drink.