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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!

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters

15cl, 12%
Fee Brothers

Add a dose of dark fruit and spice to your cocktails with the Fee Brothers Plum Bitters. Ought to pair well with dark rums, we reckon.  More info

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters
$13.77

Droplets Presentation Box

8cl, 0%
Droplets

The full set of Javier de las Muelas' Droplets, made with natural ingredients and without alcohol. Featuring many flavours that can be difficult to use consistently, now all you need to do is count…  More info

Droplets Presentation Box
$79.65

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters add a burst of sweet heat to your mixed drinks and cocktails, using a combination of habanero, quassia, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and thyme. Truly awesome stuff.  More info

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters
$21.86

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
1
$11.99

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
$15.27

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango

5cl, 55%
Regency Bitters

Regency Bitters are a new range of cocktail bitters created by Brighton bartender Ben Leggett. Exciting stuff with some truly taste-bud-tantalising flavours behind them. How do Bourbon Oak Smoked…  More info

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango
$18.51

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
$14.39

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
$8.53

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)
$11.75

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

You'll often see gentian being used as a bittering agent in cocktails and bitters alike. Yep, it's fair to say that gentian is a properly bitter bastard. Naturally, the Bitter Bastards range wouldn't…  More info

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters
$12.32

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
$24.79

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
$12.32

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

A rich, aromatic expression from The Bitter Truth's Drops & Dashes range, launched in 2016 in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Delicious stuff, and very well presented too.  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots
$15.27

Bob’s Ginger Bitters

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
$15.06

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas Droplets, made without alcohol, aim to standardise a range of flavours both professionally and at home. Despite the obvious culinary applications of these rosemary Droplets, we…  More info

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary
$16.98

Bob’s Lavender Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$15.06

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
$13.54

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
$16.82

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Celery Bitters from The Bitter Truth are the first celery bitters on the market for a long time. Great in a herbal cocktail, or in anything with a clear spirit based (gin, vodka etc).  More info

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
1
$23.47

Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Miracle Mile's Forbidden Bitters are made in the style of 19th Century aromatic bitters, featuring zedoary, angelica root, galangal, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Though they may be…  More info

Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters
$29.91

Bittermens Boston Bittahs

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

These bitters are packed full of citrus flavours off-set with a heavy dose of chamomile. Designed for summer months but can bring a zestiness to a cocktail at any time of year!  More info

Bittermens Boston Bittahs
$29.09

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Discovery Gift Set

20cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Ever feel like walking down the street bumping into people and walking on the bonnets of cars because you don't have the full range of Ferdinand's bitters? Well help is at hand with this gift set…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Discovery Gift Set
$35.93

The Bitter End Memphis Barbeque Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Some very interesting bitters from The Bitter End selection, made to evoke the flavours of a Memphis Barbecue! Yum yum yum...  More info

The Bitter End Memphis Barbeque Bitters
$21.86

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Produced in Germany by The Bitter Truth, these delicious bitters are flavoured with peach. The result is the perfect addition to a variety of fruity cocktails.  More info

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
1
$18.12

The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

These Lemon Bitters from The Bitter Truth were the first of their kind on the market. Great zingy flavour, works wonders in a Martini or a Gin and Tonic.  More info

The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
$22.93

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