Last year, bartender Mykie Marks turned over a bottle of mass-produced bitters to find artificial flavoring in the list of ingredients. That got her thinking: How hard could it be to craft bitters with real fruits and herbs? "It's really not difficult," says Marks, founder of The Bitter Wife. "It just takes patience." In her creative line of homemade bitters-with flavors including Coffee Pecan and Black Pepper Vanilla-you'll find only natural ingredients. "I think it makes everything taste so much fresher and real," Marks says. You can find The Bitter Wife behind local bars, including 89 Fish & Grill, and on shelves at Weiland's Market and The Barrel & Bottle. Prices start at $10 per bottle. mykiedelligatta@gmail.com

Last year, bartender Mykie Marks turned over a bottle of mass-produced bitters to find artificial flavoring in the list of ingredients. That got her thinking: How hard could it be to craft bitters with real fruits and herbs? "It's really not difficult," says Marks, founder of The Bitter Wife. "It just takes patience." In her creative line of homemade bitters-with flavors including Coffee Pecan and Black Pepper Vanilla-you'll find only natural ingredients. "I think it makes everything taste so much fresher and real," Marks says. You can find The Bitter Wife behind local bars, including 89 Fish & Grill, and on shelves at Weiland's Market and The Barrel & Bottle. Prices start at $10 per bottle. mykiedelligatta@gmail.com

Cherry Almond

Put a twist on your next negroni with nutty and fruity Cherry Almond bitters.

Four Peel Citrus

Four Peel Citrus bitters is Marks' tribute to Watershed and their Four Peel Gin.

Orange Blossom

Marks suggests splashing Orange Blossom bitters into an old-fashioned.

Coffee Pecan

"Coffee Pecan is good with any cocktail that would normally use bitters, like a Manhattan or an old-fashioned," Marks says. "It will change the dynamic a little."

Black Pepper Vanilla

"Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors," says Marks, who uses spiced rum as the base spirit to craft the sweet and spicy Black Pepper Vanilla. It's no surprise this bitter works best in rum drinks or to change the dimension of a flip.

Cocoa Berry Fig

"There's no way this will work," Marks' husband said to her when she combined two of her favorite flavors-fig and chocolate-to craft the Cocoa Berry Fig. It's one of her best sellers.