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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 Sour Cherry Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

These Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters have been made using cherries (obviously), a carefully selected spirit, well-measured amounts of bittering agent (gentian root), rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters
4
$12.71

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram

70cl, 38%
Danish Distillers

Gammel Dansk is a Danish bitters, and the name literally means "Old Danish". It was first created in 1961 and it is flavoured with herbs and spices including star anise, nutmeg, ginger, laurel,…  More info

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram
14
$30.70

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you're looking for some bitters to make your drink taste like you just filled up an Easter egg with mashed up chocolate buttons, this probably isn't for you. However, if you're looking to add a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters
1
$12.71

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Savoury drinks are very much "a thing" - in fact, we'd go so far as to say they are "an awesome thing". It's the truth, and The Bitter Truth folks believe so too. They've even come up with their very…  More info

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
$19.23

Droplets Hot Chili Pepper

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Add chilli to drinks (and food) with ease and accuracy with Javier de las Muelas' Hot Chilli Droplets. They have been created to add clean flavour, rather than any vinegary notes that some…  More info

Droplets Hot Chili Pepper
$15.92

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
$16.85

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Wood

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

Released as part of the Drops & Dashes range from The Bitter Truth (unveiled in celebration of their 10th anniversary), these bitters are perfect for accentuating the rich wood-y notes of whisky,…  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Wood
$15.75

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
$18.84

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
$19.30

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Some very interesting cocktail bitters from Bittermens in America (we probably could say that about everything they come out with), their Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters are made with a classic…  More info

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters
1
$17.18

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

15cl, 1.7%
Fee Brothers

Brilliant peach bitters from Free Brothers. Try adding a few drops to a Mai Tai cocktail, it adds a luscious peach flavour that works really well.  More info

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
$15.77

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
$14.65

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters

10cl, 42%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

This was released in 2009 as a unique addition to the growing Bitters sector. These bitters are superb in cocktails and have a brilliantly sweet and spicy flavour.  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters
2
$13.63

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Brazilian Bitters

10cl, 45%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

These cocktail bitters from the inimitable Dr Adam Elmegirab are built around six ingredients from Brazil - namely tonka bean, cacao nib, dried coconut, Arabica coffee, vanilla and black pepper.…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Brazilian Bitters
1
$13.09

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters

10cl, 44%
Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas is seen as the father of American mixology, so of course there is a range of inventive cocktail bitters named after him. These particular bitters feature the warming, spicy, vanilla-rich…  More info

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters
$28.04

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters

15cl, 2.4%
Fee Brothers

The fantastic Fee Brothers create their Molasses Bitters using Blackstrap molasses and compliment its flavour profile with nutmeg and coffee. These work really well in rum-based cocktails, bringing…  More info

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters
$15.77

Bittermens Winter Melon

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Perhaps more commonly known for bringing a cooling balance to Cantonese dishes, here Bittermens blends winter melon with cucumber and nine additional botanicals to bring balance and a welcome lift to…  More info

Bittermens Winter Melon
$17.18

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

12cl, 44%
Bittermens

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub was partially inspired by a pickle seller in New York, partially inspired by a vintage soda which was made with celery and partially inspired by picklebacks.…  More info

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub
$17.18

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 33.4%
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
$15.54

Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters, made with roasted arabica coffee beans alongside specially selected spirit, utilising rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction to achieve a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coffee Bitters 10cl
$17.82

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters

10cl, 45%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Orinoco Bitters created by Dr. Adam Elmegirab, originally 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…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters
2
$12.78

Bob’s Lavender Bitters

10cl, 33.2%
Bob's Bitters

These are the Lavender Bitters from Bob's Bitters collection. Focussing on single botanicals rather than mixtures of ingredients, these allow for bartenders to craft the flavours of their cocktails…  More info

Bob’s Lavender Bitters
$15.54

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Made in New York by the Bittermens company, Elemakule Tiki Bitters are produced in very small batches. These are flavoured with cinnamon and allspice as well as spices from Polynesia and the…  More info

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
$17.18

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 34.9%
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
$15.54

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Perfectly crafted orange bitters, these Orange Bitters from Bitter Truth are essential in a good Old Fashioned Cocktail. Loads of zesty, spicy flavour!  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
$18.22

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