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Featured Product: Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

King Cocktail just released his own bitters. Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters were created by blending complex and multi-layered pimento with a hint of anise and other herbs. In case you didn't know, pimento is the Jamaican word for allspice, and it adds a wonderfully deep, spicy accent to many drinks (its essential oils are also believe to aid digestion). Try the bitters in classic and modern favorites including the Pina Colada, Painkiller, Mai Tai and Sazerac, as well as whiskey or Champagne cocktails.

You can pre-order a special Collectors' Edition Signature Bottle, which comes in a refillable 250 ml antique bottle with hand waxed top and dripper spout, signed in gold ink by Dale himself. Once you get your hands on your own bottle, shake a few dashes in these cocktails:

Morning Glory (Chicago Style)

1 ounce (30ml) Martell VSOP Cognac] 1 ounce (30ml) Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey 1 tsp rich simple syrup (two sugar to one water) 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier 1 dash (1/4 teaspoon) absinthe 2 dashes Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters Thin-cut lemon peel, for garnish

Stir all except garnish and Champagne well with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add a healthy splash of Brut Champagne and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.

Millenium Cocktail ( variation on the East India, created for Courvoisier in 2000)

1 1/2 oz (50ml) Courvoisier Millennium Cognac 1 1/2 ounce (50ml) Pineapple Juice 1 ounce (30ml) grand Marnier 1 dash Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters Flamed orange zest and nutmeg, for garnish

Shake all ingredients except garnishes with ice, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of flamed orange zest and dust with nutmeg.