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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!

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

15cl, 1.7%
Fee Brothers

Since they’ve been in the business since 1864, it’s no wonder that Fee Brothers know a thing or two about how to make a brilliant bitter. These unique peach bitters are one such bitter, we’d suggest…  More info

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
$14.92

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

15cl, 4.5%
Fee Brothers

Very unusual indeed - Rhubarb bitters. Made by Fee Brothers, they have a complex medicinal, rhubarb flavour with hints of cherry.  More info

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
3
$16.62

Fee Brothers Toasted Almond Bitters

15cl, 6.6%
Fee Brothers

The wonderful Fee Brothers present to you another marvellous creation, Toasted Almond Bitters! These are pretty diverse, making a great addition to anything from Tiki cocktails, to pretty much…  More info

Fee Brothers Toasted Almond Bitters
$15.54

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

15cl, 17.5%
Fee Brothers

Fantastic spicy, rich tasting bitters from Fee Brothers. There are the crème de la crème from the range, bottled once each year in the spring. The bitters have been aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels.  More info

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters
$22.61

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

You've got to be pretty proud of yourself when you name your range of cocktail bitters 'Bitters Sweet Symphony', which is exactly what the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin have done.…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops
$26.44

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Riesling - Quince

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Ooh, bitters from the folks behind Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin in Germany. These bitters have a rather intriguing flavour profile - Riesling and Quince! If you remember, the Saar Dry Gin is also made…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Riesling - Quince
$22.36

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
$23.80

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
$23.89

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
$15.45

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters

10cl, 44%
Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas is seen as the father of American mixology, so of course there is a range of inventive cocktail bitters named after him. These particular bitters feature the warming, spicy, vanilla-rich…  More info

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters
$31.50
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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
1
$16.51

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

10cl, 46.2%
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
$17.84

Miracle Mile Aperitivo Bitters

12cl, 50%
Miracle Mile Bitters

LA-based bitters experts Miracle Mile have created their very own Aperitivo Bitters, based around the recipe for an early 20th century Italian aperitif liqueur. Intensely flavoursome and surely will…  More info

Miracle Mile Aperitivo Bitters
$33.77

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

These Canadian aromatic cocktail bitters from Ms. Better's selection have been made using a hearty selection of spices and botanicals which you would have found on trade route ships throughout…  More info

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42
$23.73

Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamon Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Two particularly spicy botanicals combine their powers to create Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters! Rather versatile indeed, these bitters suit gin-based cocktails just as well as…  More info

Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamon Bitters
$29.95

Ms. Better's Chocolate Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Ms. Better's Chocolate Bitters all the way from Canada, made by slow roasting cacao nibs with three types of chilli and a few other botanicals. Don't expect this to taste like an chocolate Easter…  More info

Ms. Better's Chocolate Bitters
1
$25.65

Ms. Better's Cucumber Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Rather intriguing cocktail bitters from the Ms. Better's range, produced in Vancouver, Canada. These will add a vegetal and refreshing (though enjoyably bitter) hint of freshly sliced cucumber to…  More info

Ms. Better's Cucumber Bitters
$23.73

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Refreshing though subtly oak-y bitters from Ms. Better's selection in Canada. These go brilliantly in gin-based drinks, boosting the pine-y juniper elements gracefully.  More info

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters
$23.15

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Zesty grapefruit-flavoured bitters from Vancouver-based producer, Ms. Better's. Great in refreshing cocktails, and the name is a rather good tongue twister, too.  More info

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters
$23.73

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Strawberry and pepper - a timeless though always surprising combination. The Ms. Better's folks have combined notes of fresh green strawberries and Mah Kwan pepper in these richly aromatic cocktail…  More info

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters
$25.65

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

The wonderful Ms. Better's Bitters has harnessed the kola nut for this bottling! The nuts themselves are fairly bitter with a hint of spice (some say it's closest to nutmeg), so we reckon this would…  More info

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters
$27.38

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Single botanical bitters from Canada's Ms. Better's collection - this time based around the tantalising tastes of lime leaf. Ought to add an earthy complexity to a Gimlet...  More info

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters
$22.43

Ms. Better's Maderas Coffee Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Marvellously flavoursome bitters from Ms. Better's in Canada, packed with earthy, vibrant coffee notes. We think these will be great for adding complexity and richness to rum and whisky cocktails...  More info

Ms. Better's Maderas Coffee Bitters
$26.80
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Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

From the Ms. Better's range comes their Miraculous Foamer. Rather than adding eggs to your cocktail to make them foamy, simply add a third of a dropper Miraculous Foamer – it's suitable for vegans,…  More info

Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer
12
$26.97

Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Taste the flavours of Japan by way of Canada. Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters take inspiration from the crops you can find at the base of famous mountain, featuring ingredients including White Peach,…  More info

Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters
$22.49

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