TTB-Approved Flavors for Beer, Cider, Wine, and Spirits

Whether you’re a winery, brewery, distillery, or other wholesale company producing alcoholic beverages, navigating the system to get your drinks Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved can sometimes be a hurdle.

With over a century of experience in the food and beverage flavoring industry, we’re here to make flavoring easy and help you get your flavoring just right with our TTB approved flavors and extracts - including tequila flavoring extracts, beer flavoring extracts, wine flavoring extracts, and much more.

Large and small brewers, distillers/craft distillers, and winemakers use Bickford’s TTB approved flavors in some of their best-selling products. Our TTB approved flavors and extracts are certified Kosher, all-natural, and formulated to be stronger and more versatile than other TTB flavors on the market.

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Beverage Production: What Type of Alcoholic Beverage Are You Developing?

Hard cider definitely has roots in U.S. history. Fermented apple juice was the most accessible and cheapest drink in the 17th century, and it was considered safer to drink than water. According to a 1790 Massachusetts survey, everyone interviewed (over 15 years of age) consumed an average of 34 gallons of beer and hard cider every year.

When more European immigrants settled in the U.S. in the 1800’s, beer began to grow in popularity, and prohibition officially pushed beer as the dominate alcoholic beverage when orchards were destroyed - leaving cider makers with nothing to continue production with.

It’s safe to say that, today, cider and beer both have strong corners, each with a massive number of consumers (and all consumers looking for unique tasting beers and ciders).

Our cider and beer flavoring extract recommendations:

  • Apple cinnamon
  • Caramel
  • Blueberry

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Source: National Geographic

Wine is age old. Did you know wine has been around for at least 9000 years? According to world historians, that is when the earliest vineyards were arranged in the Middle East.

The wine market today - in the U.S. alone - easily functions in a multi-billion dollar industry.

Still, the production of wine and wine products could always benefit from a nudge toward innovation - especially with wine flavoring extracts.

Our wine flavor recommendations:

  • Peach
  • Ripe Strawberry
  • Chocolate

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Source: Wine Institute

Did you know? Nearly all juniper used in gin is picked wild. Almost none is cultivated.

This begs the question: For a drink that begins from sources so fresh and natural, any flavor that’s added to it must be true-to-source as well, right?

Since gin’s primary flavor is complex - the soft citrus and sweet pine of the juniper berry - any other flavor added to compliment or highlight nuances of this sophisticated flavor must be of the highest quality source.

Remember: When you consider the sheer volume of gin distilleries trying to corner their share of the market, every detail counts.

Our gin flavor recommendations:

  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Lavender

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Source: Sip Smith

Most of the mass-produced, flavorless vodka we consume today is processed through the Coffey or column still system. Since a column still commonly runs continuously, the alcohol doesn’t stop moving through the system. From these unceasing cycles, it continues to be stripped of impurities (which is, of course, a good thing), but congeners that may pass on flavor are removed, too.

Because most vodka is distilled a minimum of three times - and charcoal filtered - it’s easy to see why vodka has a flavorless reputation.

Lucky you! You get to impart some fun and personality into this undeniably popular alcoholic spirit. Vodka welcomes a wide-array of flavor extracts - especially fruity flavors - and we have an all-natural selection for you to choose from.

Our vodka flavor recommendations:

  • Guava
  • Peach
  • Strawberry

See all TTB-Approved Flavors below.

Source: Vine Pair

Whiskey gets its name from the Gaelic word uisge beatha, which means water of life.

As a whiskey distiller, consumers of your product aren’t just enjoying a fine, well-aged drink; They’re actually poised to reap potential health benefits, too.

Drinking a moderate amount of whisky has the potential to aid in digestion and weight loss, prevent cancer and strokes, lower one’s risk of dementia, prevent diabetes, treat the common cold, and more.

Add a premium, all-natural flavor to your whisky and we have a hard time believing anyone could resist raising a glass and toasting to life and health.

Our whisky flavor recommendations:

  • Salted caramel
  • Black cherry
  • Honey

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Source: Wide Open Country

While, yes, liqueurs are technically liquors because they are distilled spirits - with rum, whiskey, brandy, or another liquor serving as the base spirit - we think that liqueurs are where a lot of fun can be had with flavoring.

Since liqueurs are sweetened spirits with various flavors, oils, and extracts added, where should we begin?

From chocolate to salted caramel and from orange to raspberry (and don’t forget about cream liqueurs), there are a wide range of flavors to use when developing a liqueur and its signature flavor.

Our liqueur flavor recommendations:

  • Watermelon
  • Wild cherry
  • Raspberry

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Source: The Spruce Eats

As the world’s first spirit - manufactured and distilled during the 1620’s in the Caribbean - rum is a well-loved spirit. During the 18th century, it was even used as a form of currency, as sailors would receive rum as part of their benefits package.

While it’s loved the world over, many only think of one variety of rum. Since there are many different varieties of rum - such as light, gold, dark, navy, black, and aged - flavoring is a fun process of pairings and experimentation.

If you’re looking to develop a rum with a light flavor, like a white rum, consider that its light-bodied variant has a soft, sweet taste. If you want to develop a rich rum, like a black rum, consider that it has a more aromatic flavor profile with notes of licorice and molasses.

Our rum flavor recommendations:

  • Passion fruit
  • Peach
  • Mango

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Source: Metro

Did you think to turn to tequila during this pandemic? During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, patients were told to drink tequila with lime and salt to ease their flu symptoms.

While tequila isn't considered a cure for any illness, it may help soothe a sore throat, ease congestion, and help you with sleep.

Tequila is a plant-based drink that is made from the blue agave or agave tequilana Weber - which can take 8-12 years before it’s ready to be harvested.

With so much time, patience, and effort that goes into producing this premium drink, only all-natural tequila flavoring extracts will truly create a premium end product.

Our tequila flavor recommendations:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Guava

See all TTB-Approved Tequila Flavoring Extracts below.

Source: BahamaBreeze

For as much as we love pouring our own drinks, pre-mixed and ready to drink cocktails win over consumers, too. And for good reason, as they’re delicious and extremely easy and popular when it comes to entertaining.

The ‘RTD’ cocktail market has exploded with variety and flavor, but make no mistake about it, consumers crave more variety and higher-quality flavors.

Our RTD cocktail flavor recommendations:

  • Apple
  • Kiwi
  • Cranberry

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Moonshine’s illegal beginnings took root during the Civil War, when people started making alcohol themselves because the tax on alcohol shot up.

Since the making of moonshine was illegal, it had to be done at night to lower the risk of getting caught. Because of this, moonshining came to be known as anybody making any type of alcohol illegally at night.

Today, moonshine comes in so many flavors, but - without question - there is always room for more flavors and a better quality product.

Our moonshine flavor recommendations:

  • Caramel apple
  • Banana strawberry
  • Black raspberry

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Source: Spoon University

Bickford’s TTB-Approved Flavors

Apple Coconut  Peanut Butter
Apple, Caramel Cranberry Pear
Apple, Cinnamon Creamsicle Pecan
Apple, Green Graham Cracker Pina Colada
Apricot Graham Cracker Extract Pina Colada Extract
Banana Grape Pineapple
Banana Strawberry Grapefruit Pineapple Extract
Blackberry Guava Pomegranate
Blackberry Extract Honey Pumpkin
Blueberry Key Lime Pumpkin Extract 
Boysenberry Key Lime Extract Raspberry
Butter  Kiwi Raspberry, Black
Butter Pecan Lavender Raspberry, Red
Caramel Lemon  Salted Caramel
Champagne Lime  Sherry
Cheesecake Lemon/Lime Strawberry
Cheesecake Extract Mango Strawberry, Ripe
Cherry, Black Mango Orange Strawberry Kiwi
Cherry, Sweet Maraschino Sweet Cream
Cherry, Sweet Extract Maraschino Extract Sweet Cream Extract
Cherry, Wild Mixed Berry Tropical Fruit
Cherry Blend Orange  Watermelon
Chocolate Papaya White Chocolate
Chocolate Cherry Passion Fruit White Chocolate Extract
Chocolate Raspberry Passion Fruit Extract Wild Berry
Cinnamon  Peach


What Beverages Need to Be TTB-Approved?

If you’re a first-time maker or long-standing beverage producer looking to diversify your beverage options, keep in mind that only alcoholic beverages need to be TTB approved.

  • Beer and distilled spirits are required to file a permit to begin producing a new flavored beverage.
  • It’s important to apply for a permit and wait for approval before brewing or distilling to remain in compliance with TTB regulations.

Non-alcoholic flavored beverages are not required to be TTB approved. Of course, they still need to comply with industry standards and labeling requirements.


A Note on TTB Regulations

We are not an authority on TTB regulations or a comprehensive resource to ensure your beverage becomes TTB approved, but we can certainly help ensure your beverages have TTB approved flavors and extracts.

All Bickford TTB approved flavors and extracts are available with complete documentation, including FID sheets, upon request.

Looking for additional resources on producing TTB approved beverages? Check out the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau website.

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