Combine an obsession with artisan products and a trendy fascination with all things 1920s. Shake it up with a bright idea, and drizzle it generously with gay Atlanta’s love for cocktailing. Now you’re really mixing well.
Raise a toast to 18.21 Bitters, a line of Prohibition Era mixers created by Atlanta lesbian couple Missy and Kristin Koefod. The product of their pioneering spirit is being crafted now right in Atlanta’s booming Old Fourth Ward at Irwin Street Market.
What are these two up to? Well, Missy, a former bar owner, and her wife Kristin, a culinary and craft cocktail enthusiast, decided it was high time that Atlanta produced a local, small batch and high quality handcrafted product aimed at crafting a better cocktail.
They are manufacturing a line of bitters, tinctures, simple syrups and shrubs (a prohibition era cocktail mixer) as well as ginger beer and tonics and expect the products to hit the market later this year. They have launched a kickstarter campaign and have, through their own investments, begun manufacturing.
But their dreams are way bigger. The pair wants to cast a wider net to market their impressive array of vintage-inspired mixers. That’s where you come in. A Kickstarter campaign (video above) offers incentives to donors who help get 18.21 Bitters to and beyond metro Atlanta farmers’ markets, festivals, shops and restaurants. To sweeten the deal, they’re giving away a free trip to New Orleans to one lucky contributor if they reach their fundraising goal in advance of the April 18 Kickstarter deadline.