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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

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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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$19.61

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

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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
3
$13.03

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
$15.57

Angostura Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
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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
$16.40

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

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1
$18.44

Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6

15cl, 45%
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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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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
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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

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Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

15cl, 6.4%
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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
$17.96

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

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$17.28

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

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The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

20cl, 39%
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Perfectly crafted orange bitters, these Orange Bitters from Bitter Truth are essential in a good Old Fashioned Cocktail. Loads of zesty, spicy flavour!  More info

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The Bitter Truth Bar Pack

10cl, 40.8%
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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

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$25.79

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

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$17.07

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
$19.72

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Daiquiri Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

If you feel as passionately about Daiquiris as the folks at Difford's Guide, then we have great news! They teamed up with the clever team behind Bob's Bitters to create these special Daiquiri…  More info

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Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 35%
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Campari Bitters 3L

300cl, 25%
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A three litre bottle of Campari Bitters. Our Ben says that Campari would be his desert island drink - so if you want to get your hands on this big ol' bottle of the classic Italian aperitif, you'll…  More info

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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

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Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
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A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters, made with roasted arabica coffee beans alongside specially selected spirit, utilising rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction to achieve a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters 10cl
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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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3
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Underberg Tin 12x2cl

24cl, 44%
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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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Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%

10cl, 40%
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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

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Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
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A 10cl bottle of Vanilla Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range, made using rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction to achieve a full-bodied flavour profile and a pleasing clarity. Centrifuges…  More info

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