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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 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
$16.91
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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
$15.16

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
$36.31

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
$16.36

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
$14.34

Droplets Orange Blossom Honey

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Created to add honeyed depth to food and drinks without adding sweetness, these alcohol-free droplets from Javier de las Muelas are aimed at both those interested in gastronomy and mixology,…  More info

Droplets Orange Blossom Honey
$18.13
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Campari

70cl, 25%
Campari

Campari is a bitter, bright red Italian aperitif made from an infusion of herbs and fruit. Campari is often served as an apéritif before meals, or as a digestif after dinner. The most popular way…  More info

Campari
4
$17.63
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Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters, made using specially selected spirit, rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction, creating some spectacular cocktail 'seasoning'. We all know…  More info

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters 10cl
$18.13

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
$16.91

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Like chefs arm themselves with spices to create masterful meals, bartenders arm themselves with bitters to perfectly season cocktails. The Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters wouldn't look out of place in…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters
$12.06

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
1
$16.31

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you feel like adding absinthe to your cocktails doesn't quite dial up the wormwood factor enough, add a few drops of the Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters! These are produced using rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)
$16.91

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
$15.45

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
$16.91

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
$27.52

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

The Bittermens chaps over in the USA were inspired by cream sodas and phosphates you might find in soda shops of old for their Orange Cream Citrate Bitters, which are more intensely sour and sweet,…  More info

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters
$20.61

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Single botanical bitters from Canada's Ms. Better's collection - this time based around the tantalising tastes of lime leaf. Ought to add an earthy complexity to a Gimlet...  More info

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters
$27.52

Droplets Fresh Ginger

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets provide a way of adding consistent quantities of fresh ginger to drinks and food. They're made without alcohol from natural ingredients.  More info

Droplets Fresh Ginger
$23.80

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
$26.61

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Using the peel of the small, green and rather bitter oranges you find on the Island of Curaçao, the Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters are supremely zesty. With carefully measured amounts of bittering…  More info

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters
$12.06

Fee Brothers - Cardamon Bitters (Boker's Style)

15cl, 8.4%
Fee Brothers

Another addition to a bartender's arsenal from Fee Brothers, they've only gone and made some Cardamom Bitters, inspired by a classic style of bitters which date back to the 1800s. Plenty spicy, with…  More info

Fee Brothers - Cardamon Bitters (Boker's Style)
$16.36

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters

15cl, 21.1%
Fee Brothers

How many cocktails benefit from a touch of lime? Many - that's how many. From Fee Brothers extensive and eclectic range comes Lime Bitters; ready-made to give that fresh, tangy citrus element that…  More info

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters
$15.75

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters

6cl, 49%
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

From the Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. collection comes some rather wonderful Aromatic Bitters, perfect for giving a good burst of flavour to a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. Made with citrus, a selection…  More info

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters
$15.70

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

These Orange & Mandarin Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range are just the thing if your cocktails need a juicy boost of citrus notes. Go on, add a few drops to your Old Fashioned...  More info

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters
$17.42

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Add absinthe flavour to drinks and dishes without adding alcohol with Javier de las Muelas' Van Gogh Absinthe Droplets. As suited to a Sazarac as a salad dressing!  More info

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe
$17.99

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