“I think we should blog about our cocktails. I’m drunk.”
– Marco Provenzano, April 2014
We’re a group of longtime friends from Ottawa, Ontario who enjoy getting together and making craft cocktails.
In 2014, we become engrossed in the cocktail culture, learning about new spirits and flavour combinations. We had no intention of starting a blog, until one night after several drinks, our friend Marco drunkenly stated we should. After a couple posts, we realized that we loved making drinks and telling people about them.
Our name BITTER + SWEET + SPIRIT refers to the three main components in a typical cocktail.
We started this blog for people like us: home bartenders. This blog is for those that want to learn more about craft cocktails, improve their home bar game, and enjoy some bittersweet moments with family and friends.
Cocktail of Choice: Manhattan
Brandon has the distinction of being one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He takes a pragmatic approach when creating cocktails and is as disciplined in their creation as he is at the gym (side note: he’s jacked).
Brandon is a reliable and reassuring presence and those qualities come out in his well-thought out and delicious cocktails.
Cocktail of Choice: Negroni
Bruno was the one who actually had us all over when this whole misguided blog idea came about. To this day, they blame his delicious cucumber cocktails for setting them down the path of mixology.
Although abrasive at times, Bruno is a lovable guy who enjoys sharing recipes and having fun at the same time. He’s a math guy and brings that perspective when it comes to experimenting with flavours. Many of us often go to him for advice, but we tend to draw the line when he suggests a broccoli cocktail.
Cocktail of Choice: Gin Martini
Mano likes to drink everything, but he tends to experiment with herbal and floral flavours in his cocktails. His unhealthy elderflower obsession is well-documented, but it often results in very happy friends and family.
Mano also likes to bring some of his Greek background into his creations. Fact: he once put Greek yogurt in a cocktail. It’s somewhat surprising he’s still allowed to write for this blog.
Chances are that if you see a recipe on this blog that’s purple or contains elderflower, it’s one of his.
Cocktail of Choice: Corpse Reviver #2
Marco was the most vocal voice in getting the concept of this blog off the ground.
Along with being one of the most Italian-looking men in the city of Ottawa , Marco often brings his childhood memories from the kitchen into his cocktails.
He prefers to create recipes that are a simple in appearance, but complex in flavour. And yeah, he’s good at soccer because, stereotypes.