Win a Bittered Sling Bitters Gift Pack!

30 Dec

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to do a one-month cleanse or to celebrate life more (with the help of a few cocktails), this contest is for YOU!

I’ve partnered with the Vancouver-based artisans behind Bittered Sling to offer one Open Kitchen subscriber a beautiful gift set of six craft bitters (value: $50), as featured in my most recent blog post, Bitters for Sipping and Cooking. You can use them to add natural flavour to everything from sparkling water to meat glazes to classic cocktails. The flavours included in the pack are: Plum & Rootbeer, Moondog (a smoky, earthy extract), Denman (a blend of South Asian spices), Grapefruit & Hops, Orange & Juniper, and Lem-Marrakech.

Bittered Sling extracts gift pack

The contest is open to Open Kitchen subscribers only, so if you haven’t signed up yet to receive notifications of new stories and recipes, please fill in the subscribe box on the top-right-hand side of the homepage: valsopenkitchen.com.

Then to enter the contest, simply answer the following question in the comments section below this post:

What cocktail makes your heart sing (and why)?

The contest closes on Jan 7, 2014 at midnight, ET. You must be aged over 18 and resident in Canada to enter.

A winner will be picked at random.

Good luck!

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UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who entered this contest. So many fantastic suggestions and such enthusiasm for the topic–next time I have a cocktail potluck, you’re ALL invited!

Our winner, chosen by randompicker.com, is: Beverly Monk.

Her cocktail of choice was the ginger marguerita. She finished her submission with the words: “Please God, let me win this contest,” and apparently He was listening.

Congratulations, Beverly!

There will be more contests coming up this month, so please keep checking in at valsopenkitchen.com. Bye for now! xo

18 Responses to “Win a Bittered Sling Bitters Gift Pack!”

  1. Vickie Cheung December 30th, 2013 at 4:35 PM #

    Don’t really have a favorite but love lemony tart drinks 🙂

  2. angileengallop December 30th, 2013 at 4:51 PM #

    The cocktail that makes my heart sing is a ‘Scotland Yard’. I live in Thessalon, a small Northern Ontario town that has one greasy spoon, one pizza shop, and one bar (a cinder-block affair) open in the winter. (Great restaurants in this area in summer!) Needless to say, when the dark season hits, we do a lot of entertaining at home.

    I first encountered the Scotland Yard at our Book Club Christmas party. As our host, Kevin, said, ‘the Drambuie makes it’. We drink it warm. Our clever mixologist, Carla, keeps the apple cider in a crock pot set to ‘warm’.

    Carla uses the recipe provided by the LCBO:

    SCOTLAND YARD
    By: The Martini Club

    To a heatproof mug, add 1 oz. Drambuie, 1/2 oz. Scotch and top with hot apple cider.
    Garnish with orange slices.

  3. Pat Anderson December 30th, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    I recently came up with a simple cocktail — 1.5oz vodka, 3 oz brewed lapsang souchong tea. Garnish with orange zest. I like it warm — it’s a cozy cocktail 🙂
    Would be interesting to try it with some of the bitters!

  4. Cheryl December 30th, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    A cocktail to make my heart sing? My tastes change with the seasons, but right now I’m dreaming of summer so I’d have to say a mojito. I grow Algerian mint in my backyard and it’s delicious with lime, rum and sugar.

  5. Colleen December 30th, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

    In the summers, a simple mix of Amaro Nonino, ginger ale and sparkling water, topped with a dash of bitters is perfection. When the days turn cold, I use my overworked espresso machine’s milk frother to warm up fresh apple cider and toss in a bit of bourbon or rum (depending on fancy and availability) to get the blood back into frozen fingers and toes. No grinding or shaking required in either of these, but a little dance around the kitchen never hurts.

    cnicholson.ca

  6. Beverly December 30th, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Okay, 2 answers. The first is a ginger marguerita that I make with my own ginger syrup, tequila and a few other secret ingredients. It makes my heart sing because ginger in any form at all makes my heart sing.

    The second is a drink, a cocktail, the name of which I’ve forgotten, that I had at Taboule in Lesleyville. It made my heart sing perhaps because lem-marrakech bitters were one of the ingredients. I’ve been looking for these bitters in Montreal ever since and have become slightly bitter myself because I can’t find them anywhere.

    Please god let me win this contest.

  7. Mike K December 30th, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

    While I have a few favourites, I definitely have to say that my ultimate cocktail is the Negroni.

    Besides simply being delicious, it makes my heart sing because its continued popularity gives me hope that interesting experiences and flavours will always win out over sickly sweet or trendy drinks-of-the-month.

    For those who aren’t familiar:

    1 part Campari
    1 part Gin (I prefer Broker’s or Victoria)
    1 part sweet vermouth (Martini Rosso is pretty standard)
    A twist of orange

    Delicious 🙂

    Also angileengallop: that sounds wonderful

  8. Nadia December 30th, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

    I agree that my preferences change with the seasons but over the last year or so I have rediscovered tequila and nothing beats a nice simple lime margarita made with a quality tequila. I have also been seeing a lot cocktail menus lately incorporating rosemary and/or maple syrup. I’d basically order anything using either of those ingredients.

  9. Peter Martin January 1st, 2014 at 5:04 AM #

    My speciality is pretty epic, it needs to be shared, and it makes more than your heart sing.

    1oz stoli or any pretty good vodka
    1oz jack Daniels
    1oz kahlua
    2oz baileys
    1oz amaretto or frangelico (both doesn’t work, I tried)
    10oz milk
    1oz melted dark chocolate
    1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream

    Blend and serve between 2 people.

    Give this to a friend and they will love you forever.

  10. Kate January 2nd, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

    My favorite is a lemon drop martini, because my first was made for me by a dear friend in the mountains on what must have been the hottest day of summer. What a refreshing way to enjoy the heat!

  11. Sandra January 2nd, 2014 at 1:33 PM #

    Nothing beats a crisp, cool Gin and Tonic, with a twist of lime.

  12. Roisin January 2nd, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

    My heart sings for a gin & tonic all year long. The better the gin, the better the song – loving Hendricks gin, natural tonic (from 34oz) and ginger syrup (also natural from les charlatans).

    • Beverly January 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM #

      the bad news roisin, is that i won.
      the good news is that you’re invited for cocktails!
      b xx

  13. Jeff January 2nd, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

    Nothing better than a well made sazerac. Sometimes referred to as one of the oldest known cocktails. Made with rye (originally with cognac), sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters (or Bittered Sling Suius Cherry bitters), served in a glass rinsed with absinthe. Perfect.

  14. Andrea January 4th, 2014 at 5:29 PM #

    Right now it’s SO FREEZING out. So the kind of drink I’m most interested in is Irish Hot Chocolate, with Baileys and some fabulous oaxacan chocolate con leche that we brought back from our recent trip to oaxaca (where it was WARM and the mojitos flowed like water!)

  15. Deborah January 5th, 2014 at 2:13 PM #

    There are a lot of cocktails I love. I love a paloma, a dark and stormy and a planters punch. However, i am dedicated to the simple gin and tonic with bitters. Nothing hits the spot like a pure and simple G&T.

  16. Carol M January 6th, 2014 at 12:08 AM #

    Gin & tonic, so refreshing and floral. And it reminds me every time of my trip to Africa.

  17. Jeremy January 6th, 2014 at 3:02 PM #

    I love the Last Word, Some good gin, Chartreuse, maraschino liquer and some fresh squeezed lime juice. Can’t be beat.

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