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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 Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Check out this Chinese 5-Spice Bitters from Bitter Queens! With spicy pepper, star anise, and a warming, bitter profile, it'll add an interesting layer to all manner of cocktails. Ideal if you're…  More info

Bitter Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters
$26.44

Bitter Queens Chocolate Walnut Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Ideal for making an array of warming, comforting tipples, these Chocolate Walnut Bitters from Bitter Queens are reminiscent of freshly baked cookies. With roasty notes of coffee, vanilla, cacao, and…  More info

Bitter Queens Chocolate Walnut Bitters
$26.44

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
$26.44

Bitter Queens Orange Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

From Bitter Queens comes some rich and aromatic Orange Bitters – just the thing for adding some zing to your cocktails. Including Spanish and Californian orange, lemon, chamomile, and frankincense,…  More info

Bitter Queens Orange Bitters
$26.44

Bitter Queens Saparilla Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Brimming with root beer character, Saparilla Bitters from Bitter Queens are perfect for cocktails, but can also be used in cooking, to make marinades and the like! With sarsaparilla, liquorice,…  More info

Bitter Queens Saparilla Bitters
$26.44

Bitter Queens Thai Spice Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Pack up your palate for a Southeast Asian adventure with this Thai Spice Bitters from Bitter Queens! With zesty notes of lemongrass and makrut lime and a warming kick of chili and ginger it balances…  More info

Bitter Queens Thai Spice Bitters
$26.44

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Summoning the earthen character of tobacco, these Tobacco Bitters from Bitter Queens are made with smoked tea, clove and vanilla. Ideal for aged spirit cocktails, they'll make a magnificent Manhattan!  More info

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters
$26.44
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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
$12.65

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%
$20.84

Bob's Autumn Bitters

10cl, 31.5%
Bob's Bitters

Bob's Bitters went and released a seasonal range of bitters, and this here is the Autumn expression! Rather than focusing on a single ingredient, it focuses on bottling the season instead, so this…  More info

Bob's Autumn Bitters
$21.98

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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$16.31

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Margarita Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Bob (of Bob's Bitters) has teamed up with the Difford's Guide folks to create some particularly vibrant bitters to lift the flavour profile of the already rather vibrant Margarita cocktail! Featuring…  More info

Bob's Bitters - Difford's Margarita Bitters
$16.31

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Some the Bob's range of single-botanical bitters range comes their Cardamom Bitters. Massive, authentic spice notes coming through with these, perfect for cocktails that need an intense boost of…  More info

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters
$14.25

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Chocolate Bitters, you say? Yum, yum, yum... These come from the Bob's Bitters range, which features a selection of single-botanicals bitters than make it easy to match their flavours with your…  More info

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters
$14.25

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 34.8%
Bob's Bitters

Richly herbaceous Coriander Bitters from Bob's selection of single-botanical expressions. These'll work wonders in gin cocktails, we reckon...  More info

Bob’s Coriander Bitters
$14.25

Bob’s Ginger Bitters

10cl, 35%
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
$14.25

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
$17.09
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Bob’s Lavender Bitters

10cl, 33.2%
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
$14.25

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
$14.25

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

These Orange & Mandarin Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range are just the thing if your cocktails need a juicy boost of citrus notes. Go on, add a few drops to your Old Fashioned...  More info

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters
$17.31

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
$14.25

Bob's Spring Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Though Bob's Bitters generally focuses on a single ingredient, in its range of seasonal bitters the bottlings focus on... A season! This is the Spring expression, and as you can imagine, it's rather…  More info

Bob's Spring Bitters
$18.24

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
$21.98

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Rich, warming, delicious Vanilla Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Loads of authentic vanilla notes to be had here - just perfect for sweeter cocktails. These would also go great in mixed drinks…  More info

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters
$15.34

Bob's Winter Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

If you like pairing your cocktails with the seasons, the folks at Bob's Bitter have just the thing for the chilly months - Winter Bitters! Oh, and there are also Summer, Autumn and Spring Bitters, so…  More info

Bob's Winter Bitters
$17.87

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