Scrappy’s Bitters Anniversary Party: Cheers to Five Years!

Posted on February 04, 2014, 8:00 am
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Miles Thomas and Dragos Axinte dressing dapper

Miles Thomas (r) with Novo Fogo’s Dragos Axinte (l)

[dropcap size=small]N[/dropcap]early five years ago, Miles Thomas left bartending behind to launch his own enterprise, Scrappy’s Bitters, the first New American company to commercially produce handcrafted bitters. These tasty bitters come in an assortment of flavors, from chocolate to celery to lavender, and are now found in bars and restaurants across the country. Scrappy’s uses only the finest ingredients, and as they say, “only the best get bottled!” Through their commitment to excellence and serving the community along they way, Thomas and his team have built a brand that has revolutionized the cocktail industry, allowing mixologists to subtly impart new flavors to their creations with top-notch ingredients. The success of Scrappy’s Bitters demonstrates that Seattle’s entrepreneurs and their attention to craft are forces to be reckoned with.

Benjamin Sheffield (Blueyedsoul) spins at the Scrappy's 5th Anniversary celebration

DJ Blueyedsoul (Benjamin Sheffield) at 1927 Events

On Thursday evening, a fresh and eclectic crowd stepped out to celebrate Scrappy’s Bitters’ fifth anniversary at 1927 Events, located in the heart of downtown. In a spacious, dimly lit room, guests danced to the beats of DJ Blueyedsoul and lined up for one-of-a-kind cocktail specials. After a few drinks and some dancing, things got a little frisky with a burlesque performance. However, the dancers weren’t the only ones looking good…

Ennjoili Corbitt in an oversized sweater from Show Pony Boutique in Seattle

Ennjoili Corbitt in a sweeping, graphic sweater from Show Pony Boutique

Ennjoili Corbitt exuded confidence in her black slip paired with an oversized sweater that she snagged from Seattle’s Show Pony Boutique, which carries vintage-inspired clothing as well as contemporary pieces from local designers. Her combed backed pixie cut displayed her glowing complexion as she praised her long time friend Miles Thomas and his success with Scrappy’s.

Molly Steinhoff in a chic and fun ensemble

Molly Steinhoff

Molly Steinhoff played with a twenties-inspired look, wearing the iconic cloche hat, which worked impeccably with her crop hairstyle and fringe bangs. She pieced together the rest of her outfit with vintage items found in thrift stores all over Seattle. Her go-to shopping destination is Bon Voyage Vintage in Pioneer Square.

Atomic Bombshell Tanya Brno

Tanya Brno in a one of a kind dress by J. Von Stratton

Tanya Brno drew stares in her one-of-a-kind dress by Jamie Von Stratten, one of Seattle’s most in-demand costume designers. Tanya recently joined the Atomic Bombshells Burlesque troop as an aerialist and will be performing with them in their upcoming Valentine’s Day series at The Triple Door.

Partygoers line up for cocktails in mood lighting at 1927 Events

An enthusiastic crowd packed 1927 Events to celebrate Scrappy’s

Fellas with facial hair

Extravagant facial hair styles were a hit with the men

Sara Fletcher in vintage fur

Sara Fletcher with a vintage cropped fur jacket and rose-gold hair

Stylish Fletcher sisters making a grand entrance

Sisters Sara and Jessica Fletcher

Two other standouts of the night were sisters Sara and Jessica Fletcher. While Jessica rocked a “pompahawk” and a shamrock green dress, Sara was dressed head-to-toe in her grandmother’s clothes. Her hair was dyed a beautiful rose-gold hue, which has recently been seen both on the runway and on celebrities like January Jones and Sienna Miller. She treated her hair as a statement accessory by paring down the color in the rest of her ensemble, donning a vintage sixties black sheath and a cropped fur jacket.

Add a healthy dose of fashion to an already killer cocktail and you’ve got a recipe for a successful night. Cheers to Scrappy’s Bitters and their well-earned success!

For cocktail connoisseurs, here are two of the special recipes served at the party.

“Respect Your Elders” by Jonny Spielsinger, 1927 Events

Scrappy's Bitters in mini-bottles

Complimentary mini-bottles of Scrappy’s for the guests

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • ½ oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz Simple syrup
  • ½ oz Lemon
  • 1 dash Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters

Shaken and served on the rocks

“Knee-High” by Miles Thomas

  • 1 ½ ounces of Sun Liquor’s Gun Club Gin
  • 1 ounce of Fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce of Fresh squeezed Lime juice
  • ½ ounce of Simple syrup
  • ½ ounce of Concord grape juice
  • 2-3 Dashes of Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters

Learn more about Scrappy’s Bitters on their website:

Myself in floral trousers by Jack Willis with guests Melly Hu and Mckenna Dean

Myself in floral trousers by Jack Willis with guests Melly Hu and McKenna Dean

Juliana Pera is a fashion and society writer for Vanguard Seattle. Her weekly column “On The Town” highlights stylish individuals and trends seen at Seattle art, culture, and fashion events. Juliana grew up just outside of San Francisco and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington in 2010 to study Political Science. She is interested in pursuing a career where she can combine her love for fashion with business, and is excited to join the Seattle arts community.

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