behind the bar: scrappy’s romance

Last year, Miles Thomas, creator and owner of Scrappy’s Bitters,  shared his recipe for “Romance”, a cocktail based on strawberry syrup.  We waited until strawberry season to run it, so you could get the best flavor from the strawberries.  And while Romance may at first seem more suited for Valentine’s day, roses are just making their last appearance for a bit as well, so if you like roses and strawberries, the time for romance is now!  -Kristina

About Miles: Miles Thomas, creator and owner of Scrappy’s Bitters has always been a strong advocate of fresh ingredients in cocktails. At the time, few bars in Seattle were taking the time to even use fresh squeezed juices in their drinks. During his three and a half years bartending at Seattle’s Italian eatery Serafina, Miles worked diligently to make his own infusions, liquors and syrups from scratch. Soon, Miles moved on to experimenting with a wide variety of bitters using his previous knowledge of infusions, and expanding on a very basic bitters recipe. Thus, Scrappy’s Bitters was born. The motivation to expand his love for creating bitters came from the knowledge that there was a better and tastier way to do bitters.

See what else is in Romance after the jump.




  • 1/2 oz Strawberry syrup
  • 1/4oz  Campari
  • 1/2oz  English Dry Gin
  • 2-3 dashes of Scrappy’s Orange Bitters

Strawberry syrup


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Bring sugar and 3/4 water to a boil then add one cup chopped fresh strawberries, turn off heat and let simmer for 15 minuets covered. strain, cool and bottle.

Make the cocktail

Shake all ingredients (except sparkling wine) and strain into a flute, top off with sparkling wine.



While Miles loves this recipe

It’s the perfect balance of my 3 favorite characteristics in a drink – sweet, bitter, and bubbly.

Karen E

How did you know it was my fifth wedding anniversary today? This bartender clearly loves to eat and drink.


Mmm. Strawberry syrup. This looks and sounds delightful. I love bubbly cocktails, and fruity cocktails that actually taste like fruit and not overly sweet ridiculousness. I’m just missing the Campari.

Patricia Shea

This looks divine – I have been looking forward to trying The Botanist gin – and with strawberry syrup and sparkling wine….ahhhhhhhhh.