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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!

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Negroni Cocktail Bundle

210cl, 27.8%
Ableforth's

It’s the holy trinity in cocktail form: great gin, tasty vermouth and wonderfully bitter Campari which combine, like magic, for a Negroni! And it’s just become even easier to mix up your own perfect…  More info

Negroni Cocktail Bundle
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Campari

70cl, 25%
Campari

A 19th century bitters created in Milan by Gaspare Campari, made by infusing 68 bitter herbs, plants and fruit in alcohol and water. The result is a rich, complex aperitif which works brilliantly in…  More info

Campari
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$19.75
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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
6
$15.73

Peychaud's Bitters

15cl, 35%
Sazerac

Peychaud’s aromatic cocktail bitters are made using a predominance of distinctive cloves with hefty liquorice notes, first crafted in 1793. They’ve stood the test of time and are a great…  More info

Peychaud's Bitters
3
$12.97

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
6
$33.78

Angostura Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
Angostura

Although they have only been around since 2007, Angostura’s Orange Bitters are only the second expression to have made an appearance since the original bitters were released in 1824! It blends…  More info

Angostura Orange Bitters
$11.11

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
$13.48

Underberg (12 x 20ml)

24cl, 44%
Underberg

A dozen 2cl bottles of the excellent Rheinberg herbal digestive made with herbs from 43 countries - Underberg!  More info

Underberg (12 x 20ml)
1
$18.64

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

15cl, 6.4%
Fee Brothers

Thanks to Fee Brothers, you can now enjoy the earthy, nutty taste of walnuts in your drinks without getting bits of shell stuck in your teeth. Their Black Walnut Bitters can add some sweet, mildly…  More info

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
$18.15

Angostura Cocoa Bitters

10cl, 48%
Angostura

Brilliant rich, chocolatey Cocoa Bitters from Angostura! The cocoa is sourced from Trinidad and Tobago evoking oodles of bitter, nutty notes. We can see this pairing very well with dark spirits,…  More info

Angostura Cocoa Bitters
$13.91

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
$18.40

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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$21.32

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
$26.06

Dashfire Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters

10cl, 40%
Dashfire

This release from Dashfire honours the traditional Old Fashioned with tasty blend of herbs, spices, roots, and bittering agents. Handcrafted in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota, these reliably…  More info

Dashfire Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
$17.46

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
$17.25

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
$16.71

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%

10cl, 40%
Bob's Bitters

One upon a time, Abbotts Bitters were a vital tool in a mixologist's arsenal, though in the 1950s they stopped being produced. However, the recipe has been recreated for the Bob's Bitters range much…  More info

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%
$22.66

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
$19.92

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
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$18.52

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
2
$19.92

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
$17.84

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
$20.90

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Sweet Orange Bitters from the Bitter Bastards ranges - for when those bourbon-based cocktails of yours need a hearty kick of citrus at their core. This is a 10cl bottle of rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters 10cl
$20.90

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
20
$33.59

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
$18.40

Dashfire Lime Bitters

10cl, 34%
Dashfire

Name me one cocktail that doesn't benefit from a helping of lime bitters? While we wait for your postcards with your answers on them, take a look at these Lime Bitters made by Dashfire, from St.…  More info

Dashfire Lime Bitters
$18.66

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