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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!

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Part of the Bitters Sweet Symphony range from German distillers Ferdinand, comes the Winerose Lavender bitters, sure to add delicate, though complex notes to your cocktails and mixed drinks. And yes,…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender
$25.58

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
$15.27

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
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$12.71

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
$16.07

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you're more likely to see pink 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…  More info

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters
$12.71

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
$19.10

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
$28.74

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
$15.54

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

These spicy bitters are aptly named - they are spicy, sweet and tart - truly burlesque! They were work well in cocktails featuring Amari, Gin, Tequila or Rum and are made using hibiscus, açai berry…  More info

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
$25.50

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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$30.82

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
$15.27

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Intensely refreshing and subtly spicy Peppermint Bitters from the Bob's Bitters selection. We reckon these will work well in gin cocktails, but might also make for a good ingredient in cooking and…  More info

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters
$15.54

Van Wees Authentique Angostura Bitters

4cl, 45%
A. van Wees de Ooievaar

Dutch bitters from a recipe developed during the times of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, or Dutch East India Company. Apparently they were often added to flavour geneva.  More info

Van Wees Authentique Angostura Bitters
$8.80

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
1
$13.63

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Toasted Pecan Bitters do sound particularly mouthwatering, don't they? These come to us from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Not only do they feature notes of toasted…  More info

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters
$30.86

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

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl

10cl, 46.2%
Master of Malt

Behold, the third batch of our very own cask-aged Whisky Bitters! These trusty bitters are made with a bountiful selection of scrumptious ingredients, including vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two types…  More info

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl
$19.10

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Add an exotic depth and bitterness to your cocktails with these Kola Bitters. Paired with a good rum and maybe some tropical fruits, you'll have yourself a definite winner. The Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters
$12.71

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Yuzu Bitters from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Yuzu is a citrus fruit more commonly found in Asia, though more and more the fruit's elegant, floral flavours are…  More info

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters
$30.86

The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Old Time Aromatic Bitters are some astonishing bitters from the Bitter Truth. These work brilliantly in whisky and rum cocktails and add superb, spicy complexity.  More info

The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters
$23.22

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum

5cl, 80%
Copperhead

The Copperhead Blends range helps you get the most out of this Belgian Gin and the different times you may wish to enjoy it. Aperitivum contains palate-cleansing angelica and grapefruit, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum
$10.16

Copperhead Blends Energeticum

5cl, 80%
Copperhead

Add a few drops to help highlight different sides of Copperhead Gin. The Energeticus Blend contains plenty of guarana for a pick-me-up!  More info

Copperhead Blends Energeticum
$10.16

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1

5cl, 75%
Master of Malt

These are the London Cocktail Society's very own bitters - developed with their members and Master of Malt through a bitters blending competition held at Shaker and Company in November 2011. We gave…  More info

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1
$12.71

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
$13.08

Suze Orange Bitters

20cl, 45%
Pernod

From the Suze bitters range comes some classic Orange Bitters. These are produced using gentian, sweet and bitter oranges and bergamot too. We think these bitters would pair excellently with drinks…  More info

Suze Orange Bitters
$30.84

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