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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 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
$21.20

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

The Naga Jolokia chilli, the hottest chilli in the world, is a terrifying beast, one that could bring tears to the eyes of the burliest brute in the land. So obviously there needed to be some Bitter…  More info

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters
$12.44

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

There's a skull and crossbones on this 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards. This can only mean danger... These are the Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters, made with the Naga Jolokia chilli, one of the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Naga Chilli Bitters 10cl
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you're more likely to see pink grapefruit on the breakfast table than on the bar, those Bitter Bastards chaps obviously reckon there's a wealth of cocktails that could be improved by a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters
$12.44

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Got a whole bundle of cocktails that call out for the wonderful bittersweet deliciousness of the pink grapefruit, but don't want to go out and forage in your local hedgerows for this somewhat…  More info

Bitter Bastards Pink Grapefruit Bitters 10cl
$18.70

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
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$12.44

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

These Sour Cherry Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range will be an invaluable addition to any bar where a Cherry Manhattan is a regular order (even if that's your home bar!). These are made with…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters 10cl
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

If you're looking to add some fantastic citrus zestiness to your cocktails, the Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters have got you covered. They're are made with the finest Spanish orange peels,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters
$12.44

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

Sweet Orange Bitters from the Bitter Bastards ranges - for when those bourbon-based cocktails of yours need a hearty kick of citrus at their core. This is a 10cl bottle of rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sweet Orange Bitters 10cl
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Making some cocktails, are you? Looking to boost the vanilla notes and give it a helping of enjoyable bitterness of your cocktails, yeah? You're going to want some Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters
$19.95

Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Vanilla Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range, made using rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction to achieve a full-bodied flavour profile and a pleasing clarity. Centrifuges…  More info

Bitter Bastards Vanilla Bitters 10cl
$31.20

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards cocktail bitters made with Tuber Borchii or 'bianchetto' truffles! Known for their slight garlicky note alongside all the earthy, perfumed goodness you'd expect, these gorgeous…  More info

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii
$24.95

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
$37.46

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters

5cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

Wormwood is a vital ingredient in absinthe (some might even go so far as to say it is THE vital ingredient, and they'd probably be right!), so you can bet your bottom dollar that the Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters
$12.44

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
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
$18.70

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
$29.38

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
$24.81

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
$29.38

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
$30.31

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

12cl, 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
$30.31

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters

10cl, 41.8%
Bob's Bitters

Back in the day, any barkeep worth their salt would have some Abbotts Bitters in their arsenal. They went out of style during the 1950s and came perilously close to being lost in the ravages of time,…  More info

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters
$16.90

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 33.3%
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
$15.21

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$15.21

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$15.21

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
$15.21

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