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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!

The Bitter Truth Rose Water

12cl, 0%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth Rose Water is flavoured with organic blossoms, and undergoes an intricate distillation process. As you might imagine the scent is flowery and very natural.  More info

The Bitter Truth Rose Water
1
$14.94

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
$29.82

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
$16.27

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
$31.87

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
$33.20

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
$13.53

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
$18.82

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
$18.66

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
$13.13

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
$15.33

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
$18.41

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Some rather delicious bitters from the Bitter Bastards range, with the exotic Kola nut! The whole range is made with standardisation of flavour (meaning you should be able to standardise the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters 10cl
$19.73

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
$19.46

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
$16.27

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
$84.88

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask

70cl, 40%
Kamm & Sons

We already loved Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, made with 45 botanicals such as grapefruit peel, ginseng, juniper, fennel seeds, hibiscus and goji berries. This limited edition has us very excited,…  More info

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask
$47.23

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

15cl, 17.5%
Fee Brothers

Fantastic spicy, rich tasting bitters from Fee Brothers. There are the crème de la crème from the range, bottled once each year in the spring. The bitters have been aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels.  More info

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters
$27.22

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%)
$16.05

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
$18.41

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
$19.73

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
$16.05

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
$13.13

Ms. Better's Tonic Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

These interesting bitters from Ms. Better's can bring the subtle cinchona flavours of tonic water to your drinks without all the other elements that come with it. Should be very useful for bartenders.  More info

Ms. Better's Tonic Bitters
$29.82

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
$16.27

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters

5cl, 48.8%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards use innovative rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction to eliminate unwanted flavours and preserve the tasty ones, with vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two types of orange peel used.…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters
1
$21.05

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