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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!

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

The wonderful Ms. Better's Bitters has harnessed the kola nut for this bottling! The nuts themselves are fairly bitter with a hint of spice (some say it's closest to nutmeg), so we reckon this would…  More info

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters
$28.08

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
$22.61

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
$26.86

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Some the Bob's range of single-botanical bitters range comes their Cardamom Bitters. Massive, authentic spice notes coming through with these, perfect for cocktails that need an intense boost of…  More info

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters
$14.47

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
$20.74

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
$24.46

Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Juicy and full-bodied, Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters boast notes of grilled tropical fruits and a little spark of tongue-tantalising star anise. Rum cocktail-enthusiasts should very much…  More info

Ms. Better's Pineapple Star Anise Bitters
$27.52

Bob’s Ginger Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Ginger Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Bob focuses more on single-botanical expressions rather than mixtures of ingredients, resulting in bitters which can let cocktails enthusiasts craft the…  More info

Bob’s Ginger Bitters
$14.47
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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
12
$23.52

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of White Truffle Bitters from the innovative Bitter Bastards range, made with Tuber Borchii or 'bianchetto' truffles. Add intriguing, subtly savoury, herbaceous notes to your cocktails…  More info

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl
$36.64

Ms. Better's Smoke & Oak Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Intriguing smokey bitters from Canada's Ms. Better's range, brilliant for use in rum and whisky cocktails. Impressive stuff.  More info

Ms. Better's Smoke & Oak Bitters
$27.77

Bitter Fusetti 1L

100cl, 25%
Bitter Fusetti

Bitter Fusetti is an Italian bitters made with a base of rhubarb, cinchona and bitter orange, among other balancing botanicals. This ruby red bitter aperitif will mix up a mean Negroni, and work as a…  More info

Bitter Fusetti 1L
$31.54

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
$27.48
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Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Rich, warming, delicious Vanilla Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Loads of authentic vanilla notes to be had here - just perfect for sweeter cocktails. These would also go great in mixed drinks…  More info

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters
$15.59

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These Cocoa Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range won't make your drinks taste like you've been slapped in the face with one of those hilariously oversized 1kg chocolate bars which were so popular…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl
$17.07

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Grapefruit Bitters are excellent in drinks made with gin or other clear spirits. These are great in summertime favourites like a Daiquiri or a Gin and Tonic.  More info

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
$23.49

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
$17.07

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
$17.07

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you may often find gentian being used as a bittering agent alongside other ingredients, this bitters gentian centre stage! This is a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters, made using…  More info

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl
$17.07
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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
$42.58

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
$36.64

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
$22.43

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
$16.57
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Amargo Chuncho Bitters

8cl, 40%
Amargo Chuncho

The ultimate bitters for delicious Pisco sours, Chuncho bitters are made with Peruvian Quina and Sarrapia leaves as well as a variety of barks, roots, flowers, herbs and peels.  More info

Amargo Chuncho Bitters
$15.29

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Summoning the earthen character of tobacco, these Tobacco Bitters from Bitter Queens are made with smoked tea, clove and vanilla. Ideal for aged spirit cocktails, they'll make a magnificent Manhattan!  More info

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters
$26.86

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