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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!

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

15cl, 17.5%
Fee Brothers

Fantastic spicy, rich tasting bitters from Fee Brothers. There are the crème de la crème from the range, bottled once each year in the spring. The bitters have been aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels.  More info

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters
$26.36

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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$19.48

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
$38.26

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters are made with liquorice root and a bittering agent (gentian root) with a high-quality bourbon base, and provide an intense, earthy, rich, unadulterated liquorice…  More info

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters
$12.71

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters

35cl, 42.1%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth has created their own interpretation of the bitters called for by name by legendary bartender Jerry Thomas over 150 years ago in The Bar-Tender's Guide. After 10 years of research,…  More info

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters
$37.28

Bitter Bastards Grapefruit Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you're more likely to see grapefruit on the breakfast table than on the bar, those Bitter Bastards chaps obviously reckon there's a wealth of cocktails that could be improved by a well-placed…  More info

Bitter Bastards Grapefruit Bitters
$12.71

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Originally created for a bar in Brooklyn to give their punch a kick of spicy fruit deliciousness, these New England Spiced Cranberry from Bittermans cause quite enough of a stir among bartenders that…  More info

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry
$17.18

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
$16.93

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
$28.87

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The Bittermans Buckspice Ginger Bitters pack quite a kick indeed. They pair excellent with whiskey and rum, and the producers say that a few drops added to a Moscow Mule is a rather fantastic idea…  More info

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger
$17.18

Droplets Sweet Violets

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Violet Droplets from Javier de las Muelas are as perfect for pastry chefs as they are for cocktail enthusiasts. Easily control the level of violet notes in your Aviation without adding sweetness, or…  More info

Droplets Sweet Violets
$15.93

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitter, which will look just as at home on your home bar as they would in your kitchen's spice rack. Add a few drops of these rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl
$17.82

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl

15cl, 4.1%
Fee Brothers

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle, in this case) - tastes like cranberry with a good helping of bitterness. Sure, you could add it to a Cosmopolitan for…  More info

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl
$15.77

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Extraordinary bitters, Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters are made with grapefruit essences and peels, hops for bitterness, and bottled at 53% abv. We recommend these be used in cocktails such as…  More info

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
$17.18

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

15cl, 4.8%
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
$13.99

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack

10cl, 40.8%
The Bitter Truth

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

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack
$23.81

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite Bitters are made with numerous ingredients which have alleged aphrodisiacal properties. These include Chocolate, Cocoa nibs, Ginger root, Red Chilli,…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters
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$13.63

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
$13.78

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
$23.24

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters

10cl, 31.5%
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
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$13.63

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Rubinette-Apple-and-Lemon-Thyme-favoured bitters the spectacularly titled Bitters Sweet Symphony range made by the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin. Top stuff for experimental bartenders.  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme
$25.49

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth have long created celery bitters and now the top German bitters producers have produced cucumber bitters too! Perfect for Pimms and G&Ts especially.  More info

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
1
$18.26

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters (30%)

20cl, 30%
The Bitter Truth

A new higher ABV version of the Bitter Truth's Jerry Thomas Bitters, based on those made by the legendary bartender and professor they're named after. Perfect for a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.  More info

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters (30%)
2
$17.18

Droplets Oak Smoke

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Oak Smoke Droplets from Javier de las Muelas, made without alcohol, for controlled, consistent addition of smoky flavour to food and drink. Great with cola, try with rum and whisky based cocktails,…  More info

Droplets Oak Smoke
$16.85

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas Droplets, made without alcohol, aim to standardise a range of flavours both professionally and at home. Despite the obvious culinary applications of these rosemary Droplets, we…  More info

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary
$18.45

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