[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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
- 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: scrappysbitters.com