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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!

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Daiquiri Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

If you feel as passionately about Daiquiris as the folks at Difford's Guide, then we have great news! They teamed up with the clever team behind Bob's Bitters to create these special Daiquiri…  More info

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Daiquiri Bitters
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$16.64

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters

1cl, 12%
The Antique Bitters Company

These Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters are thought to originate from the 1890s or 1900s, although no definitive record of their production, ingredients or method of manufacture can be found,…  More info

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters
$24.52
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B'Lure Butterfly Pea Extract

10cl, 0%
B'Lure

This right here is the world's first produced commercial butterfly pea flower extract - and why not?! This bright blue concentrated extract from the butterfly pea flower is the perfect and…  More info

B'Lure Butterfly Pea Extract
$12.91

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
$15.96

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
$23.85

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl

15cl, 4.1%
Fee Brothers

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle, in this case) - tastes like cranberry with a good helping of bitterness. Sure, you could add it to a Cosmopolitan for…  More info

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl
$15.98

Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

A delightful array of eucalyptus, sage, California laurel, and tree bark make up these wonderfully verdant Eucalyptus Bitters from Bitter Queens. Ideal for bringing some luscious herbal notes to your…  More info

Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters
$26.98

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

15cl, 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
$16.46

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Savoury drinks are very much "a thing" - in fact, we'd go so far as to say they are "an awesome thing". It's the truth, and The Bitter Truth folks believe so too. They've even come up with their very…  More info

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
$15.88

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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$10.72

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
$27.65

Ms. Better's Orange Tree Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Canadian bitters from the Ms. Better's range, showing off plenty of fruity notes - and more. You'll find floral wafts of citrus blossom, herbaceous touches of orange tree leaves and a hint of oak-y…  More info

Ms. Better's Orange Tree Bitters
$27.65

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters

10cl, 35%
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
$14.54

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%

10cl, 40%
Bob's Bitters

One upon a time, Abbotts Bitters were a vital tool in a mixologist's arsenal, though in the 1950s they stopped being produced. However, the recipe has been recreated for the Bob's Bitters range much…  More info

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%
$21.27

Bob's Summer Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Bob's Bitters has gone seasonal with this addition to the range. Whereas many bitters from the brand are made to focus on a single botanical, this has been made for the warm months when refreshing…  More info

Bob's Summer Bitters
$22.43

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

You've heard of whisky barrel-aged orange bitter, but how about gin barrel-aged orange bitters? Fee Brothers have brought that dream to life, ageing their famous orange bitters for three to six…  More info

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters
$22.97

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of White Truffle Bitters from the innovative Bitter Bastards range, made with Tuber Borchii or 'bianchetto' truffles. Add intriguing, subtly savoury, herbaceous notes to your cocktails…  More info

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl
$36.82

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
$23.29

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters

10cl, 32.7%
Bob's Bitters

Single botanical bitters from Bob's extensive range - grapefruit ones in this instance. As all good mixologists know 'bitters' shouldn't be treated as a single uniform ingredient any more than…  More info

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters
$17.44

Miracle Mile Celery Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

What we've got here is some Celery Bitter from the LA-based Miracle Mile Bitters range. Though celery may not be the first flavour you think of when it comes to cocktail craft, but a subtly-sweet,…  More info

Miracle Mile Celery Bitters
$29.70

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
$14.54

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters

13cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Aussie Aromatic Bitters here from the Australian Bitters Co., made using a combination of 20 ingredients. With all the wonderful spirits coming from Australia these days, it was only a matter of time…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters
$18.43

Bittermens Scarborough

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The chaps at Bittermans have the perfect thing for giving your drinks a good whack of savoury herbaceousness - Scarborough bitters! These are made using a blend of sage, parsley, thyme and rosemary,…  More info

Bittermens Scarborough
$17.58

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
$30.85

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Originally created for a bar in Brooklyn to give their punch a kick of spicy fruit deliciousness, these New England Spiced Cranberry from Bittermans cause quite enough of a stir among bartenders that…  More info

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry
$17.73

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