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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!

Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

From the Ms. Better's range comes their Miraculous Foamer. Rather than adding eggs to your cocktail to make them foamy, simply add a third of a dropper Miraculous Foamer! A very useful tool in a…  More info

Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer
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$32.07

Angostura Bitters

20cl, 44.7%
Angostura

What would any great cocktail be without a few dashes of Angostura bitters? These legendary bitters were created by Dr Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, who was Surgeon General in Simon Bolivar's…  More info

Angostura Bitters
2
$15.78

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

15cl, 2.6%
Fee Brothers

A superb dark chocolate bitters inspired by the cacao lusting Aztecs of yore who would drink a bitter version of hot chocolate made from cacao, peppers and spices. Fee Brothers' bitters are fantastic…  More info

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
$16.38

Peychaud's Bitters

15cl, 35%
Sazerac

Cocktail bitters made using a predominance of cloves. Great 'all-rounder' for use in any drink calling for bitters.  More info

Peychaud's Bitters
3
$12.18

Angostura Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
Angostura

Fabulous orange bitters from the legendary Angostura company, these were first introduced in 2007 and work tremendously well in a variety of rum-based cocktails…  More info

Angostura Orange Bitters
$10.55

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

15cl, 4.5%
Fee Brothers

Very unusual indeed - Rhubarb bitters. Made by Fee Brothers, they have a complex medicinal, rhubarb flavour with hints of cherry.  More info

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
$15.86

Campari Bitters

70cl, 25%
Campari

A 19th century bitters created in Milan by Gaspare Campari. It is made by infusing bitter herbs, plants and fruit in alcohol and water. The result is a rich, complex bitters which works brilliantly…  More info

Campari Bitters
2
$18.95

Underberg Tin 12x2cl

24cl, 44%
Underberg

A handsome tin, full of Underberg! Nice! This colourful little box contains 12 2cl bottles of the excellent German digestif, made with 43 aromatic herbs. A top quality after dinner drink.  More info

Underberg Tin 12x2cl
$18.30

Underberg 12x2cl

2cl, 44%
Underberg

A dozen 2cl bottles of the excellent Rheinberg herbal digestive made with herbs from 43 countries - Underberg! Perfect for if your Underberg utility belt/bandolier needs a refill.  More info

Underberg 12x2cl
$17.69

Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6

15cl, 45%
Regans'

Regans' Orange bitters - absolutely magical when used in an old-fashioned. A must-have for anyone making cocktails with any kind of whisky.  More info

Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6
$12.80

Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Juicy and full-bodied, Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters boast notes of grilled tropical fruits and a little spark of tongue-tantalising star anise. Rum cocktail-enthusiasts should very much…  More info

Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters
$30.00

Electric Bitter

10cl, 60%
Electric Bitter

This intriguing release is created with a primary botanical called acmella oleracea, or to cool cats like you and I, the 'electric daisy'. This moniker is well earned, as consumption of this unique…  More info

Electric Bitter
$23.27

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters

15cl, 12%
Fee Brothers

Add a dose of dark fruit and spice to your cocktails with the Fee Brothers Plum Bitters. Ought to pair well with dark rums, we reckon.  More info

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters
$16.87

Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 17%
Fee Brothers

These excellent grapefruit bitters from Fee Brothers work really well in cocktails with a tangy citrus element. They add a little extra spice and depth. Try them in your next Margarita or Sour…  More info

Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
$17.59

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Black pepper is a flavour that crops up in a lot of drinks, from aged spirits like whisky and rum to enjoyably spicy gins. You'll need plenty of cocktail bitters to help boost those yummy notes,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters 10cl
$19.84

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set

10cl, 38.2%
The Bitter Truth

Designed to be carried in your hand luggage so never again will you have to cancel a holiday out of fear of not having a decent selection of cocktail bitters. The Bitter Truth has come up with these…  More info

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set
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$20.24

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

15cl, 4.8%
Fee Brothers

Stunning Cherry bitters from Fee Brothers. A classic ingredient in pre-Prohibition era cocktail making. These work fantastically with whiskey cocktails…  More info

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
$14.53

Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Add a good whack of intense floral deliciousness to your cocktails with the Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters! This bottle contains 10cl of rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters boasting…  More info

Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters 10cl
$18.52

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth have long created celery bitters and now the top German bitters producers have produced cucumber bitters too! Perfect for Pimms and G&Ts especially.  More info

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
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$18.97

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Cacao, cinnamon and spice flavoured bitters designed to be added to aged Tequila but also work well in Bourbon and Rye whiskies.  More info

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
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$17.85

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters

15cl, 21.1%
Fee Brothers

How many cocktails benefit from a touch of lime? Many - that's how many. From Fee Brothers extensive and eclectic range comes Lime Bitters; ready-made to give that fresh, tangy citrus element that…  More info

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters
$17.84

Droplets Hot Chili Pepper

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Add chilli to drinks (and food) with ease and accuracy with Javier de las Muelas' Hot Chilli Droplets. They have been created to add clean flavour, rather than any vinegary notes that some…  More info

Droplets Hot Chili Pepper
$16.54

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters

10cl, 42%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

This was released in 2009 as a unique addition to the growing Bitters sector. These bitters are superb in cocktails and have a brilliantly sweet and spicy flavour.  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters
2
$14.16

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Some very interesting cocktail bitters from Bittermens in America (we probably could say that about everything they come out with), their Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters are made with a classic…  More info

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters
1
$17.85

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water

12cl, 0%
The Bitter Truth

You can't make a Ramos Gin Fizz without this! Non-alcoholic Orange Flower Water can also be added to champagne or sparkling wine for a delectable summer drink.  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water
$15.22

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