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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!

Campari Bitters 1l - 1970s

100cl, 25%
Campari

A 100cl bottle of Campari bitters produced in the 1970s. A neat little antique that isn't all that little at all. Like I said, it's a 100cl bottle. These rare bottles are highly sought after by…  More info

Campari Bitters 1l - 1970s
$157.59

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

20cl, 43%
The Bitter Truth

Make your Gin & Tonic more Gin & Tonic-y with the Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters, which blends together notes of grapefruit, lime, Seville Orange and Sicilian lemon along with juniper, orris root and…  More info

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters
$19.09

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

These spicy bitters are aptly named - they are spicy, sweet and tart - truly burlesque! They were work well in cocktails featuring Amari, Gin, Tequila or Rum and are made using hibiscus, açai berry…  More info

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
$21.84

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$13.30

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

Now where would an Old-Fashioned, or a Manhattan be without some decent Orange bitters. These are made by Fee Brothers using West Indian oranges.  More info

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
1
$11.83

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Cardamom has been a handy tool in a bartender's tool-belt for years, and these Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters will surely find their way into the tool-belts of many bartenders and, consequently,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters
1
$10.89

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

Wormwood is a vital ingredient in absinthe (some might even go so far as to say it is THE vital ingredient, and they'd probably be right!), so you can bet your bottom dollar that the Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters
$10.89

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$13.30

Campari Bitter 1l -1980s

100cl, 25%
Campari

This is a 1980s bottle of the classic Campari Bitter. Due to the maceration, rather than distillation, that takes place in Campari's production, oxidisation takes place in the bottle, which leads to…  More info

Campari Bitter 1l -1980s
$131.32

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

15cl, 4.80%
Fee Brothers

Stunning Cherry bitters from Fee Brothers. A classic ingredient in pre-Prohibition era cocktail making. These work fantastically with whiskey cocktails…  More info

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
$9.70

Regency Bitters - Coffee & Ginger

5cl, 55%
Regency Bitters

The Regency Bitters selection was created by Brighton bartender Ben Leggett, featuring inventive flavours such as Juniper & Apricot bitters, Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango bitters and Coffee & Ginger…  More info

Regency Bitters - Coffee & Ginger
1
$16.36

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

15cl, 4.50%
Fee Brothers

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

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
$10.87

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

The Bitter Bastards range features all sorts of top quality bitters in a rainbow of flavours, all made with innovative (and awesome) centrifugal extraction and rapid-maceration to reduce unwanted…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters
$10.89

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters 15cl

15cl, 6.40%
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 15cl
$11.86

Bitter Bastards Crystal Bitters

5cl, 60%
Bitter Bastards

It's clear to see that these Bitter Bastards Crystal Bitters are just the ticket for delicious crystal-clear cocktails made with clear spirits. Though not centrifugally extracted like the other…  More info

Bitter Bastards Crystal Bitters
$13.08

The Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters

10cl, 45%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Orinoco Bitters were created by Dr. Adam Elmegirab for use in the multi-award-winning Dead Rabbit bar in New York City, inspired by a style of bitters produced in the late 1800s. They're made using a…  More info

The Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters
1
$10.94

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

15cl, 45.90%
Fee Brothers

Very fresh and hearty Lemon bitters from Fee Brothers. They make these with lemon oils and Lemon Grass, and the result is great bitters that work superbly well in Sours cocktails and long drinks.  More info

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
$13.89

Scrappy's Lime Bitters

15cl, 49.10%
Scrappy's Bitters

Spectacular Lime Bitters from Scrappy's Bitters range, made with organic limes. Should be great in a cocktail, and ought to be rather handy when making guacamole, too.  More info

Scrappy's Lime Bitters
$17.44

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water

12cl, 0%
The Bitter Truth

You can't make a Ramos Gin Fizz without this! Non-alcoholic Orange Flower Water can also be added to champagne or sparkling wine for a delectable summer drink.  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water
$13.08

Droplets Green Cardamom

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Droplets single varietal approach is similar to that of the Bitter Bastards range (which has its own Cardamom Bitters), except that Droplets are not actually bitters at all. They are alcohol-free,…  More info

Droplets Green Cardamom
$17.37

Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

15cl, 50.80%
Scrappy's Bitters

Excellent Lavender Bitters from Scrappy's Bitters range, not invented by a crime-fighting puppy but by Seattle bartender Miles Thomas.  More info

Scrappy's Lavender Bitters
$18.06

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

You've heard of whisky barrel-aged orange bitter, but how about gin barrel-aged orange bitters? Fee Brothers have brought that dream to life, ageing their famous orange bitters for three to six…  More info

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters
$18.96

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
$16.36

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters

10cl, 31.50%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

These were created in 1828 by John G Boker. They became very popular in New York and they were synonymous with the "golden age" of cocktail making. They were used throughout Jerry Thomas's book "How…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters
1
$12.07

Droplets Mature Flavours

4cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets, made without alcohol, are a perfect and accurate way of easily adding flavours to cocktails, drinks and many dishes. These are the 'mature' flavours in the range (as…  More info

Droplets Mature Flavours
$32.44

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