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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!

Bitteraneo Mastiha Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bitteraneo

Handcrafted in small batches, the Bitteraneo bitters are crafted exclusively from 100% natural Mediterranean ingredients. In this case, the mastic of Chios island - Mastiha - forms the distinctive…  More info

Bitteraneo Mastiha Bitters
$23.82

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
$36.18

The Bitter End Chesapeake Bay Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Some marvellous cocktail bitters here from The Bitter End range - their Chesapeake Bay Bitters are packed with great savoury flavours, made with the likes of mustard seed, cayenne pepper, celery…  More info

The Bitter End Chesapeake Bay Bitters
$26.47

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
$32.06

Dale DeGroff's Bitters

25cl, 45%
Dale DeGroffs

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters. Pimento is the Jamaican word for allspice, as such these bitters have a delicious layering of anise and other herbs that work excellently in a Piña Colada or…  More info

Dale DeGroff's Bitters
$24.81

Angelica Bitters

5cl, 75%
Master of Malt

A far cry from the lurid green Glacé Angelica of our youth, these bitters are made with proper, grown-ups' Angelica root. These Single-Varietal bitters are made using only three ingredients; the…  More info

Angelica Bitters
$13.20

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
$32.04

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
$32.04

Elemental Bitters - Grapefruit & Hops

10cl, 55%
Elemental Distillers

Remember the Regency Bitters range? They were rad. This is known. Well, the chap behind them, Ben Leggett, has gone back to his home country of New Zealand and created his own distillery and a brand…  More info

Elemental Bitters - Grapefruit & Hops
$26.37

Elemental Bitters - Coffee & Pimento

10cl, 55%
Elemental Distillers

The Elemental Bitters range was created by Ben Leggett (of Regency Bitters fame) in his home country of New Zealand. For the Coffee & Pimento Bitters, he's used Ethiopian coffee beans and pimento…  More info

Elemental Bitters - Coffee & Pimento
$26.37

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Making some cocktails with absinthe and looking to accentuate its wormwood notes? You'll want some of these Wormwood Bitters from Ms. Better's range, then.  More info

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters
$29.99

Australian Bitters Co. Barrel Spice Bitters

13cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Deliciously spicy bitters from the Australian Bitters Co., which are allowed to macerate in French oak before bottling. Excellent in whisk(e)y-based cocktails.  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Barrel Spice Bitters
$23.26

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
$29.99

Scrappy's Lime Bitters

15cl, 49.1%
Scrappy's Bitters

Spectacular Lime Bitters from Scrappy's Bitters range, made with organic limes. Should be great in a cocktail, and ought to be rather handy when making guacamole, too.  More info

Scrappy's Lime Bitters
$26.47

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

A rich, aromatic expression from The Bitter Truth's Drops & Dashes range, launched in 2016 in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Delicious stuff, and very well presented too.  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots
$16.36

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

A bounty of clove deliciousness, all trapped within a 10cl bottle - yes, it's the Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters! These massively flavoursome bitters are made with innovative rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters 10cl
$19.84

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Enjoyably spicy, subtly herbaceous and mostly definitely a proper bitter bastard - this is a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters, made with specially selected spirit, rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters 10cl
$18.51

Australian Bitters Co. Orange Bitters

13cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Making some cocktails, yeah? Do they need some yummy orange-y bitterness? Well, the Australian Bitters Co. have got you covered with their very own Orange Bitters.  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Orange Bitters
$23.26

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

These Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters will be absolutely smashing in a gin cocktail where you're looking to pick out the herbaceous but slightly bittersweet notes of the aforementioned biennial and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters 10cl
$19.84

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters

20cl, 28.2%
The Bitter Truth

Jerry Thomas was a Professor in the 19th Century, and is considered one of the most important bartenders of his generation. He created extraordinary bitters, upon which The Bitter Truth based these.…  More info

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters
$33.17

Scrappy's Celery Bitters

15cl, 51%
Scrappy's Bitters

Here we have some Celery Bitters from Seattle bartender Miles Thomas' very own Scrappy's Bitters range. Evoking the flavours of forgotten years, these bitters can be used in a number of classic…  More info

Scrappy's Celery Bitters
$26.47

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Do your cocktails call out for an intense burst of Curaçao bitterness? If they do, you might be scared as they're likely haunted - cocktails don't usually yell. However, you can appease the ghosts by…  More info

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters 10cl
$19.84

Miracle Mile Barrel-Aged Forbidden Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Those Miracle Mile chaps out in LA have gone and barrel-aged their Forbidden Bitters! (Quick catch-up: Their Forbidden bitters are made with zedoary, angelica root, galangal, vanilla, cardamom,…  More info

Miracle Mile Barrel-Aged Forbidden Bitters
$38.25

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
$32.04

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
$32.04

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