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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 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
$17.50

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 33.3%
Bob's Bitters

Some the Bob's range of single-botanical bitters range comes their Cardamom Bitters. Massive, authentic spice notes coming through with these, perfect for cocktails that need an intense boost of…  More info

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters
$16.13

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Stunning Creole bitters from the Bitter Truth. Creole Bitters reflects the intense, rich style of good from Louisiana, vaguely similar to Cajun food, which sprung from meeting of many cultures…  More info

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
$18.92

Australian Bitters Co. Grapefruit Bitters

12cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Got a drink that could use a burst of delicious, zesty grapefruit bitterness? Well, Grapefruit Bitters are the way to go for you! These right here are some top-quality Grapefruit Bitters from the…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Grapefruit Bitters
$23.26

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 45%
Dale DeGroffs

Pleasingly spicy Pimento Aromatic Bitters created for Dale Degroff's range by King Cocktail himself along with T. A. Breaux, the well-known absinthe distiller. Dale Degroff is known for his work at a…  More info

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters
$14.50

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
$17.85

Campari Bitters 3L

300cl, 25%
Campari

A three litre bottle of Campari Bitters. Our Ben says that Campari would be his desert island drink - so if you want to get your hands on this big ol' bottle of the classic Italian aperitif, you'll…  More info

Campari Bitters 3L
$100.98

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
$16.13

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
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$13.60

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
$13.20

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters

5cl, 38.4%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters. Bet you can't say that 10 times really fast. These ingenious, rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters aren't just perfect for using in a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters
$22.49

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
$20.05

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
$13.20

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
$14.32

Lejay Cassis Bitters

10cl, 39%
Lejay

Blackcurrant-flavoured bitters from Lejay, one of the most well-known producers of Creme de Cassis de Dijon. Should add a fruity twist to a Negroni, and could very well be used to add yet more…  More info

Lejay Cassis Bitters
1
$15.42

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif

70cl, 33%
Kamm & Sons

Kamm & Sons excellent Ginseng Spirit has been relaunched as Kamm & Sons British Aperitif - still containing 45 botanicals (such as grapefruit peel, manuka honey, elderflower, juniper berries, fennel…  More info

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif
$33.88

Hobo Super Bold Gin Bitters

10cl, 40%
Wayfinder's Distillery

Making some super bold cocktails? You'll need some super bold cocktail bitters then! Luckily, the people behind Wayfinder Gin have created exactly that - Super Bold Bitters!  More info

Hobo Super Bold Gin Bitters
$13.16

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Refreshing though subtly oak-y bitters from Ms. Better's selection in Canada. These go brilliantly in gin-based drinks, boosting the pine-y juniper elements gracefully.  More info

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters
$29.99

Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 45%
Scrappy's Bitters

Is your cocktail calling out for a bittersweet burst of grapefruit? Scrappy's have you covered with their very own Grapefruit bitters!  More info

Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters
$24.07

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
$13.20

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These chipotle bitters are made with delicious smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, gentian root and specially selected spirit. The yummy, highly-desirable flavours gained through rapid-maceration are then…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters
$13.20

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
$16.13

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

Fantastic chocolate bitters from Germany courtesy of The Bitter Truth. Try adding a dash into a cocktail that uses a rich whisky for some tremendous added depth.  More info

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters
$19.41

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
$16.57

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
$17.85

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