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Bitters

A rather curious drink, primarily used for adding flavour to cocktails, Bitters are a little like the salt and pepper of the cocktail world (as in the condiment and not the hip hop outfit).

Bitters are made with various bitter herbs, barks and other flavourings, with an alcoholic base (often rum). They are not intended for neat consumption, due to their very (and unsurprisingly) bitter flavour, but when added to an Old-Fashioned cocktail, or a Manhattan, they impart all sorts of complexity, bringing maturity and great depth.

Bitters started life, as did many of our favourite drinks, as a medicine. The famous Angostura bitters were created by Dr Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert as a remedy for sea sickness and stomach ailments. The original recipe was named after the town of Angostura in Venezuela (and not after the bark from the tree of the same name – also named after the town).

Exports started to Trinidad (where the Angostura company is now based) and England. The Royal Navy (which was, at the time, an ardent promoter of some of the more beneficial qualities of alcohol) took to adding a few dashing of Angostura bitters to Gin, a concoction known as “Pink Gin”, which was said to placate tummy woes.

The list of ingredients used to make traditional bitters reads a little like a who’s who of archaic remedies: Angostura bark, cassia, gentian, even quinine (the favourite anti-malarial of the old colonists). Bitters are simply made by macerating a bitter agent (often one or more of the above mentioned barks), and a selection of other herbs and spices in strong spirit.

Did you know?... ...In Trinidad and Tobago, Angostura bitters are often added to coffee – well worth trying!

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Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer

12cl, 40%
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Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram

70cl, 38%
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Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 10cl

10cl, 51.1%
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Carpano Botanic Bitter

100cl, 25%
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Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

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5cl, 0%
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Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters

15cl, 44%
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Peychaud's Bitters

15cl, 35%
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Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
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10cl, 40%
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Ms. Better's Maderas Coffee Bitters

12cl, 40%
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Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum 10cl

10cl, 40%
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15cl, 6.6%
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12cl, 40%
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70cl, 25%
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10cl, 35%
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The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set

10cl, 38.2%
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Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
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Ms. Better's Smoke & Oak Bitters

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5cl, 38.4%
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10cl, 44%
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Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 17%
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10cl, 50%
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