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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!

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Made in New York by the Bittermens company, Elemakule Tiki Bitters are produced in very small batches. These are flavoured with cinnamon and allspice as well as spices from Polynesia and the…  More info

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
$21.34

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 10cl

10cl, 51.1%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters from the fabulous Bitter Bastards range, made using rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction. These feature notes of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 10cl
$26.77

Droplets Tonka Bean

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Tonka beans have been a favourite of top chefs for years, and now you can add them with ease to your cocktails and cooking with these alcohol-free Droplets. Great with dark rum and tropical fruits so…  More info

Droplets Tonka Bean
$22.54

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

You're more likely to find black truffles in a busy kitchen than on a busy bar, but the Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters can impart unique, mushroom-y, earthy notes to your cocktails. This 10cl…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum 10cl
$36.53
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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 – it's suitable for vegans,…  More info

Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer
12
$27.56

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets are a great way to add consistent flavour to drinks and food. Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile works well with apple and other fruit in cocktails, desserts and sorbets or…  More info

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile
$21.52

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Cardamom is great. This is a known thing. It is known. Fancy getting more cardamom deliciousness in your drinks? These Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters are what you're looking for. Rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 10cl
$17.01

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Margarita Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Bob (of Bob's Bitters) has teamed up with the Difford's Guide folks to create some particularly vibrant bitters to lift the flavour profile of the already rather vibrant Margarita cocktail! Featuring…  More info

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Margarita Bitters
$16.51

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
$27.43
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The Japanese Bitters - Shiso

10cl, 28%
The Japanese Bitters

The Japanese Bitters has gone and bottled up the flavour of shiso in these wonderful bitters! Shiso is the common name for the Asian culinary seed and plant of Perilla, belonging to the mint family,…  More info

The Japanese Bitters - Shiso
$36.53

Bob’s Ginger Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Ginger Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Bob focuses more on single-botanical expressions rather than mixtures of ingredients, resulting in bitters which can let cocktails enthusiasts craft the…  More info

Bob’s Ginger Bitters
$14.43

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

These Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters will be absolutely smashing in a gin cocktail where you're looking to pick out the herbaceous but slightly bittersweet notes of the aforementioned biennial and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters 10cl
$17.01

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Add some richly herbaceous hints of liquorice root to your cocktails with these Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters! Produced using rapid-maceration techniques to avoid any unsightly flavours and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters (10cl)
$17.01

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Making the cocktail-equivalent of a gingernut biscuit, or simply looking to boost the ginger notes of a whisky/rum cocktail? You'll want to grab a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters, made…  More info

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters 10cl
$17.01
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Amargo Chuncho Bitters

8cl, 40%
Amargo Chuncho

The ultimate bitters for delicious Pisco sours, Chuncho bitters are made with Peruvian Quina and Sarrapia leaves as well as a variety of barks, roots, flowers, herbs and peels.  More info

Amargo Chuncho Bitters
$15.24
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Bob’s Lavender Bitters

10cl, 33.2%
Bob's Bitters

These are the Lavender Bitters from Bob's Bitters collection. Focussing on single botanicals rather than mixtures of ingredients, these allow for bartenders to craft the flavours of their cocktails…  More info

Bob’s Lavender Bitters
$14.43

Carpano Botanic Bitter

100cl, 25%
Carpano

The folks from Carpano have created their very own bitter aperitif, perfect for using in cocktails (like, y'know, the Negroni, perhaps...). It's made with a combination of 10 botanicals, including…  More info

Carpano Botanic Bitter
1
$23.88

Bitter Bastards Celery Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Savoury cocktails are very much a 'thing', and the folks behind Bitter Bastards have got a great tool for anyone looking to make some - centrifugally extracted, rapidly macerated Celery Bitters!…  More info

Bitter Bastards Celery Bitters
$17.01

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Summoning the earthen character of tobacco, these Tobacco Bitters from Bitter Queens are made with smoked tea, clove and vanilla. Ideal for aged spirit cocktails, they'll make a magnificent Manhattan!  More info

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters
$26.77

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These Cocoa Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range won't make your drinks taste like you've been slapped in the face with one of those hilariously oversized 1kg chocolate bars which were so popular…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl
$17.01

Ms. Better's Maderas Coffee Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Marvellously flavoursome bitters from Ms. Better's in Canada, packed with earthy, vibrant coffee notes. We think these will be great for adding complexity and richness to rum and whisky cocktails...  More info

Ms. Better's Maderas Coffee Bitters
$27.39

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Celery Bitters from The Bitter Truth are the first celery bitters on the market for a long time. Great in a herbal cocktail, or in anything with a clear spirit based (gin, vodka etc).  More info

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
1
$23.42

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl

10cl, 46.2%
Master of Malt

Behold, the third batch of our very own cask-aged Whisky Bitters! These trusty bitters are made with a bountiful selection of scrumptious ingredients, including vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two types…  More info

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl
$18.23

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters

35cl, 42.1%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth has created their own interpretation of the bitters called for by name by legendary bartender Jerry Thomas over 150 years ago in The Bar-Tender's Guide. After 10 years of research,…  More info

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters
$35.63

Harry Howe’s Cocktail Foaming Elixir

10cl, 0%
Harry Howe's

This marvellous cocktail foamer from Harry Howe’s is just the thing if you're looking to add the perfect frothy head to your cocktails – without the use of egg whites. Perfect for Sours and the like,…  More info

Harry Howe’s Cocktail Foaming Elixir
$24.38

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