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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!

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
2
$10.34

Angostura Bitters

20cl, 44.70%
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
$15.70

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
$12.40

Mozart Chocolate Bitters

5cl, 40%
Mozart Distillerie

Superb chocolate bitters from top Austrian-based, chocolate-drink-producers Mozart. These are created by macerating top quality cocoa in sugar cane spirit, to which spices are added. Great in a…  More info

Mozart Chocolate Bitters
$10.33

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Yuzu Bitters from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Yuzu is a citrus fruit more commonly found in Asia, though more and more the fruit's elegant, floral flavours are…  More info

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters
$26.43

Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6

15cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

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

Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6
$10.08

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Say you've got a cocktail, but you feel it's lacking some 'shazam' or 'ka-pow' or another onomatopoeic word to suggest excitement. What's the remedy for this lack of 'ta-daa'? Bitters. Perhaps…  More info

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters
$10.89

Regency Bitters - Juniper & Apricot

5cl, 55%
Regency Bitters

Juniper & Apricot bitters from the Regency Bitters range, produced by Brighton bartender Ben Leggett. A few drops of these bitters ought to compliment your gin-based cocktails with a strikingly…  More info

Regency Bitters - Juniper & Apricot
1
$16.37

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
$17.78

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
$12.45

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Add an exotic depth and bitterness to your cocktails with these Kola Bitters. Paired with a good rum and maybe some tropical fruits, you'll have yourself a definite winner. The Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters
$10.89

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards cocktail bitters made with Tuber Borchii or 'bianchetto' truffles! Known for their slight garlicky note alongside all the earthy, perfumed goodness you'd expect, these gorgeous…  More info

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii
$21.83

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters

15cl, 2.40%
Fee Brothers

The fantastic Fee Brothers create their Molasses Bitters using Blackstrap molasses and compliment its flavour profile with nutmeg and coffee. These work really well in rum-based cocktails, bringing…  More info

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters
$14.87

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

If you're looking to add some fantastic citrus zestiness to your cocktails, the Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters have got you covered. They're are made with the finest Spanish orange peels,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters
$10.89

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set

10cl, 38.20%
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
1
$19.69

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Bitters are said to be the seasoning of the cocktail world, so naturally there has to be Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters (just don't go looking for salt bitters to go on your fish and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters
$10.89

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters are made with liquorice root and a bittering agent (gentian root) with a high-quality bourbon base, and provide an intense, earthy, rich, unadulterated liquorice…  More info

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters
$10.89

Campari Bitters 1l - 1970s

100cl, 25%
Campari

A 100cl bottle of Campari bitters produced in the 1970s. A neat little antique that isn't all that little at all. Like I said, it's a 100cl bottle. These rare bottles are highly sought after by…  More info

Campari Bitters 1l - 1970s
$157.65

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

These spicy bitters are aptly named - they are spicy, sweet and tart - truly burlesque! They were work well in cocktails featuring Amari, Gin, Tequila or Rum and are made using hibiscus, açai berry…  More info

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
$21.85

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Chocolate Bitters, you say? Yum, yum, yum... These come from the Bob's Bitters range, which features a selection of single-botanicals bitters than make it easy to match their flavours with your…  More info

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters
$13.31

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

Now where would an Old-Fashioned, or a Manhattan be without some decent Orange bitters. These are made by Fee Brothers using West Indian oranges.  More info

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
1
$11.84

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Cardamom has been a handy tool in a bartender's tool-belt for years, and these Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters will surely find their way into the tool-belts of many bartenders and, consequently,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters
1
$10.89

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

Wormwood is a vital ingredient in absinthe (some might even go so far as to say it is THE vital ingredient, and they'd probably be right!), so you can bet your bottom dollar that the Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters
$10.89

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Rich, warming, delicious Vanilla Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Loads of authentic vanilla notes to be had here - just perfect for sweeter cocktails. These would also go great in mixed drinks…  More info

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters
$13.31

Campari Bitter 1l -1980s

100cl, 25%
Campari

This is a 1980s bottle of the classic Campari Bitter. Due to the maceration, rather than distillation, that takes place in Campari's production, oxidisation takes place in the bottle, which leads to…  More info

Campari Bitter 1l -1980s
$131.38

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