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Product of: United Kingdom
Harris's Original Pick-Me-Up was originally served over the counter in the St. James's Street chemist from the 1860s until the early 2000s. The tonic was popular due to its reputation as a morning-after cure. In 2021, the Original Pick-Me-Up was revived in bitters form for the modern-day consumer.
Formulated and made by the regarded bitters maker, Bob Petrie of Bob's Bitters, the new bitters recipe combines the remedy's traditional ingredients such as gentian, clove and cardamon, along with new "efficacious ingredients" including ginger, milk thistle, ginseng, calamus root and Regents Park honey. These all-natural ingredients are steeped in alcohol for three weeks before pressing and filtration.
The Original Pick-Me-Up can be used to make a traditional tonic as per D. R. Harris & Co. recommended 10-15 dashes mixed with 60ml water and an effervescent vitamin tablet.
The bitters can also be used as a cocktail seasoning
Founded as apothecaries in 1790, D. R. Harris has been continuously in business ever since and remains family-owned by a Harris, descendent of Daniel Rotely Harris, the company's namesake. D. R. Harris is the oldest dispensing pharmacy in London and has held Royal Warrants since 1938, currently to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 12/05/2021
Clear. golden amber.
Ginseng, ginger, and clove sit over a complex lightly spiced herbal nose.
Served with generous dashes in water as intended (but without the recommended vitamin C tablet), the water is turned golden to produce a lightly bitter tonic. Again, ginseng seems to dominate the well-integrated mix of herbs and spices.
Long, quinine-like lightly bitter finish (in water). Strangely hard not to take another sip.
It's great to see a modern-day alchemist (Bob) developing the 100-year-old recipe of a fellow alchemist to keep these traditional tonic bitters alive.
Difford's Guide Certification
Bottle Size: 100 ml
Closure: Screw with pipette