Pinky Swear Cocktail

A cocktail recipe from Bittermilk

We’re pretty excited about these cocktail mixers from Bittermilk in Charleston, SC.  These mixers are hand crafted and hand bottled, all you need to do is add the booze! Husband and wife team MariElena and Joe Raya developed Bittermilk to make it easier for you to make craft cocktails at home.  They have created their mixers with all-natural, mostly organic ingredients. Each of their products use a bittering agent, a sweetener, and an acid to help you create a perfectly balanced cocktail.

Bittermilk No. 5 (Charred Grapefruit Tonic with Bulls Bay Sea Salt) is made with lime and lemon juices, cane sugar and cinchona bark (the source of quinine for tonic). Fresh grapefruit is hand peeled and then torched to extract bitter, yet refreshing citrus notes. Just a hint of South Carolina Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt brings out savory caramel notes and rounds out the flavors.

We think this Pinky Swear Cocktail pairs really well with a cheese board that includes Loire Pyramide, an ash-ripened goat cheese that has a leveled the top after Napolean’s failed campaign in Egypt. Or if you’re in a sweet mood, pair it with the Triple Chocolate Hazelnuts from Charles Chocolates.

photo courtesy of @bittermilk



  • Shake ingredients with fresh mint and lots ice.
  • Garnish your Pinky Swear Cocktail with a mint sprig.

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Check out other Bittermilk cocktail recipes on our blog: Charred Grapefruit Tonic, La Cabra Cocktail, and Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour.