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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!

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Making the cocktail-equivalent of a gingernut biscuit, or simply looking to boost the ginger notes of a whisky/rum cocktail? You'll want to grab a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters, made…  More info

Bitter Bastards Ginger Bitters 10cl
$17.04

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

"More Juniper Bitters!", we hear you call. The Bitter Bastards folks are happy to oblige - presenting their Juniper Bitters, now available in 10cl bottles! These rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl
$17.04

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
$12.15

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
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
$17.04

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Add some richly herbaceous hints of liquorice root to your cocktails with these Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters! Produced using rapid-maceration techniques to avoid any unsightly flavours and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Liquorice Bitters (10cl)
$17.04

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters

5cl, 38.4%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters. Bet you can't say that 10 times really fast. These ingenious, rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters aren't just perfect for using in a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters
$20.70

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
$36.58

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you feel like adding absinthe to your cocktails doesn't quite dial up the wormwood factor enough, add a few drops of the Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters! These are produced using rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)
$17.04

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Be transported to Morocco through the means of delicious bitters! Canadian brand Bittered Sling has savoured the souk with this blend which is bursting with aromatic lemon zest, coriander seed,…  More info

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters
2
$25.36

Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Intriguing Canadian bitters made with Malagasy cocoa beans all the way from Madagascar! Dry, aromatic and slightly smoky, these bitters work incredibly in oak-aged spirits, mezcals and vermouths.  More info

Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
1
$25.47

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

An original concoction from chef Jonathan Chovancek and sommelier Lauren Mote, Moondog is bursting with spicy, smoky flavours, set to liven up all kinds of drinks made with oak-matured spirits. Give…  More info

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters
3
$25.47

Bitter French Rainy Harvest Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bordeaux Distilling Co.

The Bordeaux Distilling Company has turned its hand to bitters! This is the Rainy Harvest variant from the Bitter French range, made with grape pomace, grape vine leaves, cardamom, and Rooibos tea,…  More info

Bitter French Rainy Harvest Bitters
$23.57

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
$13.79

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The Bittermans Buckspice Ginger Bitters pack quite a kick indeed. They pair excellent with whiskey and rum, and the producers say that a few drops added to a Moscow Mule is a rather fantastic idea…  More info

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger
$17.65

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
$21.31

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Made in New York by the Bittermens company, Elemakule Tiki Bitters are produced in very small batches. These are flavoured with cinnamon and allspice as well as spices from Polynesia and the…  More info

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
$21.37

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Extraordinary bitters, Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters are made with grapefruit essences and peels, hops for bitterness, and bottled at 53% abv. We recommend these be used in cocktails such as…  More info

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
$15.81

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Inspired by the popular Belarusian tipple known as Krupnik, the chaps at Bittermens have created some cocktail bitters featuring ingredients along the lines of black tea, pine, juniper and honey,…  More info

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters
$17.65

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
$17.61

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
$20.76

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
$16.35

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
$17.46

Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic is a fascinating combination of some of the great bitters of the world, influenced by the aromatic bitters of Venezuela and Trinidad; with flavours of gentian,…  More info

Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic
$21.25

Bittermens Winter Melon

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Perhaps more commonly known for bringing a cooling balance to Cantonese dishes, here Bittermens blends winter melon with cucumber and nine additional botanicals to bring balance and a welcome lift to…  More info

Bittermens Winter Melon
$21.25

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Cacao, cinnamon and spice flavoured bitters designed to be added to aged Tequila but also work well in Bourbon and Rye whiskies.  More info

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
2
$15.81

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