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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 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
$17.11
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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
22
$30.08

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitter, which will look just as at home on your home bar as they would in your kitchen's spice rack. Add a few drops of these rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl
$17.11

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
$26.92
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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
11
$27.72

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
$21.46

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
$22.66

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
$21.71

Campari Cask Tales

100cl, 25%
Campari

Gather around and behold – Campari with a most exciting twist! This has been finished in bourbon barrels, imparting a rich wood influence into the traditional herbal profile. Great news for…  More info

Campari Cask Tales
$50.01

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
$36.73
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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
$24.52

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
$17.11
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The Japanese Bitters - Umami

10cl, 27%
The Japanese Bitters

Umami is one of the five basic tastes, along with sweet, salty and all of that, and is generally described as savoury. For this expression from The Japanese Bitters range, Japanese botanicals,…  More info

The Japanese Bitters - Umami
$42.68

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl

15cl, 1.3%
Fee Brothers

You're probably not going to get one of your five a day from the Fee Brothers Celery Bitters, especially since you'll only need to add a dash or two to give your drinks some complex, bitter-sweet and…  More info

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl
$19.62

Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Delicious Canadian bitters made by chef Jonathan Chovancek and mixologist/sommelier Lauren Mote. This plum and rootbeer blend does exactly what it says on the tin: a balance of sweet and savoury that…  More info

Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters
3
$25.58

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
$27.55

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
$16.61

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
$22.48

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Looking to boost the herbaceous spice of your gin-based cocktails? Slam dunk a few drops of these Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters in your glass! These are made utilising rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters 10cl
$17.11

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 35%
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
$14.51

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
$20.79

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

15cl, 4.8%
Fee Brothers

Here we have some stunning Cherry Bitters from Fee Brothers, combining a dash of distinctive cherry fruit sweetness alongside the usual bitter notes. Bitters like these were a classic ingredient in…  More info

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
2
$16.54

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

"More Juniper Bitters!", we hear you call. The Bitter Bastards folks are happy to oblige - presenting their Juniper Bitters, now available in 10cl bottles! These rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl
$17.11

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
$36.73

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters

5cl, 41%
Dashfire

This is arguably Dashfire's signature product, and it's not hard to see why. As Minnesota’s first (and only) barrel-aged bitters, the Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters are made by…  More info

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters
$24.41

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