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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!

Bitteraneo Mastiha Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bitteraneo

Handcrafted in small batches, the Bitteraneo bitters are crafted exclusively from 100% natural Mediterranean ingredients. In this case, the mastic of Chios island - Mastiha - forms the distinctive…  More info

Bitteraneo Mastiha Bitters
$22.93

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

Brian's mother may not have been too enamoured by myrrh, but there's nothing she enjoyed more than a gift of gold or frankincense. Despite being promised as much gold as she could eat by the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters
$12.71

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Strawberry and pepper - a timeless though always surprising combination. The Ms. Better's folks have combined notes of fresh green strawberries and Mah Kwan pepper in these richly aromatic cocktail…  More info

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters
$28.87

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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$28.69
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Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters

12cl, 40%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Miracle Mile Bitters are created by Louis Anderman out in LA. In fact, the Chocolate Chilli Bitters were the bitters which originally launched the company! They're made with Valrhona cacao nibs and…  More info

Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters
$30.85

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
$32.62
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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
$12.71

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Winter Spiced Bitters

10cl, 43%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

A marvellous creation from Dr Adam Elmegirab. The Winter Spiced Bitters boast a whole stocking full of delicious festival flavours, perfect for jazzing-up any cockle-warming tipples when the weather…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Winter Spiced Bitters
$13.09

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
$25.49

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 34.8%
Bob's Bitters

Richly herbaceous Coriander Bitters from Bob's selection of single-botanical expressions. These'll work wonders in gin cocktails, we reckon...  More info

Bob’s Coriander Bitters
$15.54

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Making some cocktails with absinthe and looking to accentuate its wormwood notes? You'll want some of these Wormwood Bitters from Ms. Better's range, then.  More info

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters
$28.87

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Grapefruit Bitters are excellent in drinks made with gin or other clear spirits. These are great in summertime favourites like a Daiquiri or a Gin and Tonic.  More info

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
$18.69

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

There's a skull and crossbones on this 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards. This can only mean danger... These are the Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters, made with the Naga Jolokia chilli, one of the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters 10cl
$17.82

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters

15cl, 35.8%
Fee Brothers

Very well made mint bitters from Fee Brothers. The flavour is so authentic and rich, just a dash to a mojito or rum cocktail and you'll bring out a world of new flavours.  More info

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
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$15.27

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Blossom

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

A deliciously floral expression from The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes range, released in celebration of their 10th anniversary - here's to many more, chaps!  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Blossom
$15.75

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
$15.27

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you may often find gentian being used as a bittering agent alongside other ingredients, this bitters gentian centre stage! This is a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters, made using…  More info

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl
$17.82

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
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$14.85

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Nut

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016, and what better way to celebrate than to release a new range of bitters! The Drops & Dashes range is that celebratory bundle of bitters -…  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Nut
$15.75

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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$12.78

Bob’s Ginger Bitters (30%)

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Ginger Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Bob focuses more on single-botanical expressions rather than mixtures of ingredients, resulting in bitters which can let cocktails enthusiasts craft the…  More info

Bob’s Ginger Bitters (30%)
$15.54

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

The Bittermens chaps over in the USA were inspired by cream sodas and phosphates you might find in soda shops of old for their Orange Cream Citrate Bitters, which are more intensely sour and sweet,…  More info

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters
$17.18

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

15cl, 45.9%
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
$18.95

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters

20cl, 28.2%
The Bitter Truth

Jerry Thomas was a Professor in the 19th Century, and is considered one of the most important bartenders of his generation. He created extraordinary bitters, upon which The Bitter Truth based these.…  More info

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters
$31.94

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These Cocoa Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range won't make your drinks taste like you've been slapped in the face with one of those hilariously oversized 1kg chocolate bars which were so popular…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl
$17.82

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