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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!

Carpano Botanic Bitter

100cl, 25%
Carpano

The folks from Carpano have created their very own bitter aperitif, perfect for using in cocktails (like, y'know, the Negroni, perhaps...). It's made with a combination of 10 botanicals, including…  More info

Carpano Botanic Bitter
1
$23.36
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Copperhead Blends Aperitivum

5cl, 76%
Copperhead

The Copperhead Blends range helps you get the most out of this Belgian Gin and the different times you may wish to enjoy it. Aperitivum contains palate-cleansing angelica and grapefruit, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum
2
$13.69

Copperhead Blends Digestivum

5cl, 78%
Copperhead

These 'blends' are cool little specially formulated bitters or tinctures designed to bring out different aspects of Copperhead Gin. The Digestivum Blend contains ginger to aid digestion, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Digestivum
$13.55

Copperhead Blends Energeticum

5cl, 80%
Copperhead

Add a few drops to help highlight different sides of Copperhead Gin. The Energeticus Blend contains plenty of guarana for a pick-me-up!  More info

Copperhead Blends Energeticum
$13.69

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 45%
Dale DeGroffs

Pleasingly spicy Pimento Aromatic Bitters created for Dale Degroff's range by King Cocktail himself along with T. A. Breaux, the well-known absinthe distiller. Dale Degroff is known for his work at a…  More info

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters
$16.30

Dashfire Bay Leaf Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Started by Lee Egbert, Dashfire is a small craft company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that has a penchant for creating exotic and eclectic cocktail bitters. Bay leaves form the basis of this bitter,…  More info

Dashfire Bay Leaf Bitters
$14.71

Dashfire Cardamom Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Another effort from Dashfire’s unique and varied line of tinctures, handcrafted in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota. This release uses the power-pod of intense aromatic flavour that is cardamom…  More info

Dashfire Cardamom Bitters
$14.71

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters

5cl, 29%
Dashfire

Cuppa chai, anyone? These exceptional chai bitters come under Dashfire’s Vagabond Series, which is inspired by founder Lee Egbert’s passion for travel and culture. Made from black tea, ginger,…  More info

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters
$17.15

Dashfire Classic Creole Bitters

10cl, 39%
Dashfire

Makers of hand-crafted, Minnesota based bitters Dashfire reckon your next Sazerac will thank you if you flavour it with this classic Creole bitter. That certainly would be impressive - cocktails…  More info

Dashfire Classic Creole Bitters
$19.75

Dashfire Grapefruit Bitters

10cl, 35%
Dashfire

Created by Lee Egbert, in St. Paul, Minnesota, this artisan tincture was handcrafted in small batches and designed to be enjoyed by creative cocktail enthusiasts and culinary minds who favour the…  More info

Dashfire Grapefruit Bitters
$18.03

Dashfire Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

This aromatic bitter is based on an original 1862 recipe from Professor Jerry Thomas, a famed bartender from the 19th century. These artisan bitters are made for more cocktails that would benefit…  More info

Dashfire Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters
$19.75

Dashfire Star Anise Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Dashfire Bitters creator Lee Egbert has previously lived in China for a year and a half, and also travelled extensively in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Italy,…  More info

Dashfire Star Anise Bitters
$15.50

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters

5cl, 41%
Dashfire

This is arguably Dashfire's signature product, and it's not hard to see why. As Minnesota’s first (and only) barrel-aged bitters, the Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters are made by…  More info

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters
$23.75

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite Bitters are made with numerous ingredients which have alleged aphrodisiacal properties. These include Chocolate, Cocoa nibs, Ginger root, Red Chilli,…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters
2
$10.40

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters

10cl, 31.5%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

These were created in 1828 by John G Boker. They became very popular in New York and they were synonymous with the "golden age" of cocktail making. They were used throughout Jerry Thomas's book "How…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters
6
$10.40

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
4
$10.40

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters

10cl, 42%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

This was released in 2009 as a unique addition to the growing Bitters sector. These bitters are superb in cocktails and have a brilliantly sweet and spicy flavour.  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters
2
$11.51

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters

10cl, 45%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Orinoco Bitters created by Dr. Adam Elmegirab, originally for use in the multi-award-winning Dead Rabbit bar in New York City. Inspired by a style of bitters produced in the late 1800s, they're made…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters
6
$10.40
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Dr Adam Elmegirab's Spanish Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Wonderful bitters from Dr Adam Elmegirab, these offer fantastic notes of citrus. We get flavours of coriander, violet, raspberry, honey, pomegranate, chamomile, and a range of orange peels.  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Spanish Bitters
4
$10.40

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

The Teapot Bitters were created in early 2012 when Dr. Adam Elmegirab felt inspired by the medicinal uses of tea and bitters. So he decided to fuse the two together into these delicious tea-flavoured…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters
3
$10.40

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
2
$10.40

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets are a great way to add consistent flavour to drinks and food. Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile works well with apple and other fruit in cocktails, desserts and sorbets or…  More info

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile
$21.06

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Freshly cut celery Droplets from Javier de las Muelas, which can be used like bitters in cocktails as well as in in other drinks and cooking. They contain no alcohol and are 100% natural. Try a few…  More info

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery
$19.39

Droplets Fresh Ginger

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets provide a way of adding consistent quantities of fresh ginger to drinks and food. They're made without alcohol from natural ingredients.  More info

Droplets Fresh Ginger
$23.42

Droplets Green Cardamom

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Droplets single varietal approach is similar to that of the Bitter Bastards range (which has its own Cardamom Bitters), except that Droplets are not actually bitters at all. They are alcohol-free,…  More info

Droplets Green Cardamom
$17.25

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