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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!

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These chipotle bitters are made with delicious smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, gentian root and specially selected spirit. The yummy, highly-desirable flavours gained through rapid-maceration are then…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters
$12.36

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram

70cl, 38%
Danish Distillers

Gammel Dansk is a Danish bitters, and the name literally means "Old Danish". It was first created in 1961 and it is flavoured with herbs and spices including star anise, nutmeg, ginger, laurel,…  More info

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram
9
$24.29

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
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
$12.36

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you're looking for some bitters to make your drink taste like you just filled up an Easter egg with mashed up chocolate buttons, this probably isn't for you. However, if you're looking to add a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters
1
$12.36

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
$11.73

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
$12.36

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
$11.43

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
$16.81

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum

5cl, 42%
Bitter Bastards

Tuber Aestivum, or the Summer Truffle, is in fact the same species as the Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum), but they are grown in the Mediterranean warmth of southern France, Spain and Italy and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum
$24.78

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
$14.84

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

The Naga Jolokia chilli, the hottest chilli in the world, is a terrifying beast, one that could bring tears to the eyes of the burliest brute in the land. So obviously there needed to be some Bitter…  More info

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters
$12.36

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
$12.36

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack

10cl, 40.8%
The Bitter Truth

A stylish set of five Bitter Truth cocktail bitters, presented in 20ml bottles in a tin box. This set includes a 20ml bottle of each of the following - The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters (43% ABV), The…  More info

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack
$15.32

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

The Bitter Bastards range features all sorts of top quality bitters in a rainbow of flavours, all made with innovative (and awesome) centrifugal extraction and rapid-maceration to reduce unwanted…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters
$12.36

Marka Nordic Bitter

50cl, 35%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

The first product from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (which will be the first production distillery to open in Norway since 1927), offering a taste of the Norwegian forest! These bitters are made with 16…  More info

Marka Nordic Bitter
1
$29.96

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Produced in Germany by The Bitter Truth, these delicious bitters are flavoured with peach. The result is the perfect addition to a variety of fruity cocktails.  More info

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
1
$18.17

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

These Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters have been made using cherries (obviously), a carefully selected spirit, well-measured amounts of bittering agent (gentian root), rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters
1
$12.36

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters

15cl, 47%
Scrappy's Bitters

The Scrappy's Bitters chaps have tried to evoke the flavours and personality of New Orleans with their Orleans Bitters, using notes of anise, cinnamon, citrus and floral wafts. Sazeracs at the…  More info

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters
$20.17

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
$13.43

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
$24.78

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
$12.36

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

15cl, 45.9%
Fee Brothers

Very fresh and hearty Lemon bitters from Fee Brothers. They make these with lemon oils and Lemon Grass, and the result is great bitters that work superbly well in Sours cocktails and long drinks.  More info

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
$15.78

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
1
$17.75

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Part of the Bitters Sweet Symphony range from German distillers Ferdinand, comes the Winerose Lavender bitters, sure to add delicate, though complex notes to your cocktails and mixed drinks. And yes,…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender
$24.87

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters

5cl, 38.4%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters. Bet you can't say that 10 times really fast. These ingenious, rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters aren't just perfect for using in a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters
$21.06

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