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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!

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Rubinette-Apple-and-Lemon-Thyme-favoured bitters the spectacularly titled Bitters Sweet Symphony range made by the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin. Top stuff for experimental bartenders.  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme
$18.39

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Part of the Bitters Sweet Symphony range from German distillers Ferdinand, comes the Winerose Lavender bitters, sure to add delicate, though complex notes to your cocktails and mixed drinks. And yes,…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender
$21.65

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram

70cl, 38%
Danish Distillers

Gammel Dansk is a Danish bitters, and the name literally means "Old Danish". It was first created in 1961 and it is flavoured with herbs and spices including star anise, nutmeg, ginger, laurel,…  More info

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram
18
$25.37

Gordon's Orange Bitters - 1950s

19cl, 23%
Gordon's

Something quite special here, a rare bottle of Gordon's Orange Bitters from the 1950s!  More info

Gordon's Orange Bitters - 1950s
$259.59

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters

6cl, 49%
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

From the Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. collection comes some rather wonderful Aromatic Bitters, perfect for giving a good burst of flavour to a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. Made with citrus, a selection…  More info

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters
$12.93

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif

70cl, 33%
Kamm & Sons

Kamm & Sons excellent Ginseng Spirit has been relaunched as Kamm & Sons British Aperitif - still containing 45 botanicals (such as grapefruit peel, manuka honey, elderflower, juniper berries, fennel…  More info

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif
$29.19

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask Limited Edition

70cl, 43%
Kamm & Sons

We already loved Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, made with 45 botanicals such as grapefruit peel, ginseng, juniper, fennel seeds, hibiscus and goji berries. This limited edition has us very excited,…  More info

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask Limited Edition
$46.45

Laws Peach Bitters - 1960s

38cl, 7.50%
Laws Peach Bitters Company

Now here is something very cool indeed - peach cocktail bitters from the 1960s!  More info

Laws Peach Bitters - 1960s
$129.79

Lejay Cassis Bitters

10cl, 39%
Lejay

Blackcurrant-flavoured bitters from Lejay, one of the most well-known producers of Creme de Cassis de Dijon. Should add a fruity twist to a Negroni, and could very well be used to add yet more…  More info

Lejay Cassis Bitters
$12.56

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1

5cl, 75%
Master of Malt

These are the London Cocktail Society's very own bitters - developed with their members and Master of Malt through a bitters blending competition held at Shaker and Company in November 2011. We gave…  More info

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1
$10.76

Marka Nordic Bitter

50cl, 35%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

The first product from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (which will be the first production distillery to open in Norway since 1927), offering a taste of the Norwegian forest! These bitters are made with 16…  More info

Marka Nordic Bitter
$31.31

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl

10cl, 46.20%
Master of Malt

Behold, the third batch of our very own cask-aged Whisky Bitters! These trusty bitters are made with a bountiful selection of scrumptious ingredients, including vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two types…  More info

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl
$16.17

Miracle Mile Bergamot Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Though you're more likely to find Bergamot giving Earl Grey tea a refreshing fresh kick to its flavour profile, you might like to try it in a cocktail or two, and Miracle Mile's Bergamot Bitters will…  More info

Miracle Mile Bergamot Bitters
$30.93

Miracle Mile Castilian Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Created out in LA by Louis Anderman, Miracle Mile Bitters explore some very inventive flavours - their Castilian Bitters, for example, features notes of liquorice, dandelion root, gentian, grains of…  More info

Miracle Mile Castilian Bitters
$26.11

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
$26.13

Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters

12cl, 40%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Miracle Mile Bitters are created by Louis Anderman out in LA. In fact, the Chocolate Chilli Bitters were the bitters which originally launched the company! They're made with Valrhona cacao nibs and…  More info

Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Miracle Mile's Forbidden Bitters are made in the style of 19th Century aromatic bitters, featuring zedoary, angelica root, galangal, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Though they may be…  More info

Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Orange Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Some classically-styled Orange Bitters from the Miracle Mile range, created in LA by Louis Anderman. By combining bitter and sweet orange peels with lemon peels, cinchona, cinnamon, juniper and more,…  More info

Miracle Mile Orange Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Redeye Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

The Miracle Mile Bitters range was created by Louis Anderman out in LA - you know, where the Miracle Mile actually is. The Miracle Mile Redeye Bitters are rather interesting indeed, which have been…  More info

Miracle Mile Redeye Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Sour Cherry Bitters

12cl, 40%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Not only are these Sour Cherry Bitters from Miracle Mile made with sour cherries, they also feature wild cherry bark! They're also made with ginger blossom, orange blossom honey, cardamom and…  More info

Miracle Mile Sour Cherry Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Toasted Pecan Bitters do sound particularly mouthwatering, don't they? These come to us from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Not only do they feature notes of toasted…  More info

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters
$26.11

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Yuzu Bitters from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Yuzu is a citrus fruit more commonly found in Asia, though more and more the fruit's elegant, floral flavours are…  More info

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters
$26.11

Mozart Chocolate Bitters

5cl, 40%
Mozart Distillerie

Superb chocolate bitters from top Austrian-based, chocolate-drink-producers Mozart. These are created by macerating top quality cocoa in sugar cane spirit, to which spices are added. Great in a…  More info

Mozart Chocolate Bitters
$10.20

Peychaud's Bitters

15cl, 35%
Sazerac

Cocktail bitters made using a predominance of cloves. Great 'all-rounder' for use in any drink calling for bitters.  More info

Peychaud's Bitters
2
$10.21

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango

5cl, 55%
Regency Bitters

Regency Bitters are a new range of cocktail bitters created by Brighton bartender Ben Leggett. Exciting stuff with some truly taste-bud-tantalising flavours behind them. How do Bourbon Oak Smoked…  More info

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango
$16.17

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