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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!

Droplets Indian Spices

5cl, 0%
Droplets

As at home in gastonomy as mixology, Javier de las Muelas' Droplets is an adaptable, alcohol-free range. These Indian Spices Droplets add spice flavour without affecting the texture or salinity of a…  More info

Droplets Indian Spices
$19.94

Dashfire Mr Lee's Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters

5cl, 35.9%
Dashfire

This unique cocktail bitter brings together a flavour combination inspired by the traditional herbs and spices of China. Dashfire owner Lee Egbert spent 18 months living and teaching in China, and he…  More info

Dashfire Mr Lee's Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters
$13.74

Marka Nordic Bitter

50cl, 35%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

The first product from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (which will be the first production distillery to open in Norway since 1927), offering a taste of the Norwegian forest! These bitters are made with 16…  More info

Marka Nordic Bitter
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$29.64
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Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Made with the finest roasted arabica coffee beans, these exceptional bitters will give a hit of Columbia's finest to your cocktail creations! Like the rest of the extensive Bitter Bastards range,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters
$13.13

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
$24.00

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

These Canadian aromatic cocktail bitters from Ms. Better's selection have been made using a hearty selection of spices and botanicals which you would have found on trade route ships throughout…  More info

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42
$29.82

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
$14.36

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)
$16.52

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

The Teapot Bitters were created in early 2012 when Dr. Adam Elmegirab felt inspired by the medicinal uses of tea and bitters. So he decided to fuse the two together into these delicious tea-flavoured…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters
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$13.20

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets are a great way to add consistent flavour to drinks and food. Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile works well with apple and other fruit in cocktails, desserts and sorbets or…  More info

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile
$22.91

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum

5cl, 42%
Bitter Bastards

Tuber Aestivum, or the Summer Truffle, is in fact the same species as the Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum), but they are grown in the Mediterranean warmth of southern France, Spain and Italy and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum
$26.33

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters

5cl, 29%
Dashfire

Cuppa chai, anyone? These exceptional chai bitters come under Dashfire’s Vagabond Series, which is inspired by founder Lee Egbert’s passion for travel and culture. Made from black tea, ginger,…  More info

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters
$16.48

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
$29.82

Bob’s Liquorice Bitters

10cl, 32.1%
Bob's Bitters

Vibrantly flavoursome Liquorice Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Focussing on the intense though subtly sweet flavours of liquorice, these bitters will pair well with all manner of gin-based…  More info

Bob’s Liquorice Bitters
$16.05

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Zesty grapefruit-flavoured bitters from Vancouver-based producer, Ms. Better's. Great in refreshing cocktails, and the name is a rather good tongue twister, too.  More info

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters
$29.82

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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$14.08

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
$18.41

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

Dashfire Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
$16.48

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters will add a little fennel seed spice and zing to those cocktails of yours. Ideal. Made using a carefully considered recipe where only high-proof dark rum and a bittering…  More info

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters
$13.13

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters

13cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Aussie Aromatic Bitters here from the Australian Bitters Co., made using a combination of 20 ingredients. With all the wonderful spirits coming from Australia these days, it was only a matter of time…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters
$23.13

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
$19.73

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
$17.75

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Inspired by the popular Belarusian tipple known as Krupnik, the chaps at Bittermens have created some cocktail bitters featuring ingredients along the lines of black tea, pine, juniper and honey,…  More info

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters
$17.75

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
$17.48

Bitteraneo Thyme Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bitteraneo

Thyme bitters from the Bitteraneo range, produced in Greece using both thyme leaves and thyme flowers, harvested in Crete and the Chios islands. Wonderfully savoury, these will work well in all…  More info

Bitteraneo Thyme Bitters
$23.69

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