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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 Bundle

210cl, 27.8%
Master of Malt

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

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Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer

12cl, 40%
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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

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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

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3
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Made with the finest roasted arabica coffee beans, these exceptional bitters will give a hit of Columbia's finest to your cocktail creations! Like the rest of the extensive Bitter Bastards range,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters
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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

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Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

15cl, 4.5%
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Very unusual indeed - Rhubarb bitters. Made by Fee Brothers, they have a complex medicinal, rhubarb flavour with hints of cherry.  More info

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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
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Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Add a good whack of intense floral deliciousness to your cocktails with the Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters! This bottle contains 10cl of rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters boasting…  More info

Bitter Bastards Lavender Bitters 10cl
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The Japanese Bitters - Yuzu

10cl, 27%
The Japanese Bitters

The Japanese Bitters has taken the aromatic yuzu fruit and packed it all into these citrusy bitters! The yuzus are harvested in the Tokushima prefecture in southern Japan. It works surprisingly well…  More info

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Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Strawberry and pepper - a timeless though always surprising combination. The Ms. Better's folks have combined notes of fresh green strawberries and Mah Kwan pepper in these richly aromatic cocktail…  More info

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters
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Underberg Tin 12x2cl

24cl, 44%
Underberg

A handsome tin, full of Underberg! Nice! This colourful little box contains 12 2cl bottles of the excellent German digestif, made with 43 aromatic herbs. A top quality after dinner drink.  More info

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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

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Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

15cl, 1.7%
Fee Brothers

Since they’ve been in the business since 1864, it’s no wonder that Fee Brothers know a thing or two about how to make a brilliant bitter. These unique peach bitters are one such bitter, we’d suggest…  More info

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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

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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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Bob's Bitters - Difford's Daiquiri Bitters

10cl, 37.7%
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Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
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Marka Nordic Bitter

50cl, 35%
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5cl, 0%
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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

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Bob's Bitters - Difford's Margarita Bitters

10cl, 33.5%
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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

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The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters

20cl, 44%
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Fantastic chocolate bitters from Germany courtesy of The Bitter Truth. Try adding a dash into a cocktail that uses a rich whisky for some tremendous added depth.  More info

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