It all started with plants. When I was kid, I would help out in my mother’s garden, and in the summer the kitchen would be filled with hanging basil and other drying herbs. It smelled so good.

One plant that particularly interested me was cannabis. My father was a strong advocate for legalization, and he used it to help him treat the pain from cancer when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I saw firsthand how marijuana allowed him to live out the rest of his life with dignity. And it inspired me to learn more about how plants could help people. My education in plants has lead me from rooftop gardens in Brooklyn NY, to organizing a permaculture project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’m endlessly curious about cultivation and how plants effect our lives.

My love of plants and delicious food led me to hosting pop-up dinner parties with a partner in Portland, Oregon. We served 5 course meals, complete with seasonal cocktails at a secret location that was revealed the night before. This is where I really started to focus on bitters. When cannabis was legalized recreationally, I thought, “This is my moment! I can make something new that inspires health and celebration, and it all begins with one amazing plant.”

In 2014, I began my journey to create the first legally recognized cannabis infused bitters company. By researching traditional medicine, working with a chemist, and trying countless herb combinations, Messina Bitters was launched in May 2015. Every step of the way we are committed to making Messina Bitters the most healthy, sustainable product possible. From our all organic ingredients, to our local reclaimed wood displays, environmental business practices are our top priority.

By 2016 demand from bartenders and chefs was incredible, but at the moment cannabis cannot legally be served in bars and restaurants, so “The Virgin” was born. Our virgin bitters have all the goodness of our original recipe without the cannabis.

Looking forward, we’re excited to partner with local chefs, farmers and cocktail enthusiasts to create seasonal recipes. There are a myriad of exciting things ahead for us and for the cannabis community in general. We’re proud to be part of a movement that’s rooted in wellness, both body and mind.

Cheers to you and yours.
To your health!
— Camille Messina, Founder of Messina Bitters