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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!

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
$29.95

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
$26.04

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
$31.52

Bitteraneo Tentoura Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bitteraneo

Based around the flavours of Tentoura Castro Liqueur, these Greek bitters from the Bitteraneo have been produced using extracts of cinnamon and clove, alongside various fruits and spices. Intriguing…  More info

Bitteraneo Tentoura Bitters
$23.43

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
$19.51

Bittered Sling Kensington Aromatic Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

The latest brilliant bitters instalment from foodie/boozy Canadian duo Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote, Bittered Sling’s Kensington Aromatic is amped up with resinous spice, rooty and citrus…  More info

Bittered Sling Kensington Aromatic Bitters
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$26.53

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
$22.88

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Like chefs arm themselves with spices to create masterful meals, bartenders arm themselves with bitters to perfectly season cocktails. The Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters wouldn't look out of place in…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters
$12.99

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
$31.52

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
$29.50

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
$25.93

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters

13cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Aussie Aromatic Bitters here from the Australian Bitters Co., made using a combination of 20 ingredients. With all the wonderful spirits coming from Australia these days, it was only a matter of time…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters
$22.88

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters (25cl)

25cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Aussie Aromatic Bitters here from the Australian Bitters Co., made using a combination of 20 ingredients. With all the wonderful spirits coming from Australia these days, it was only a matter of time…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Aromatic Bitters (25cl)
$26.04

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
$19.51

Bittered Sling Grapefruit & Hop Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Aromatic, distinctive and delicious, Bittered Sling Grapefruit & Hop Bitters are created with fresh grapefruit peel, bitter fresh Lillooet hops, soft South Asian peppercorns and bitter cinchona.…  More info

Bittered Sling Grapefruit & Hop Bitters
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$26.53

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
$37.63

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
$22.88

Dashfire Mole Bitters

5cl, 38%
Dashfire

Handcrafted in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota, this Dashfire Mole Bitters is absolutely ideal as a compliment for Tequila and mezcal cocktails, but's that not all it will taste great with. Why…  More info

Dashfire Mole Bitters
$16.30

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 34.8%
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
$17.18

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 10cl

10cl, 54.5%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters from the fabulous Bitter Bastards range, made using rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction. These feature notes of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 10cl
$32.56

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Here we have a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters, excellent for using in cocktails where the aromatic and intensely herbaceous notes of fennel are called for - particularly gin cocktails!  More info

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters 10cl
$19.51

Bob's Winter Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

If you like pairing your cocktails with the seasons, the folks at Bob's Bitter have just the thing for the chilly months - Winter Bitters! Oh, and there are also Summer, Autumn and Spring Bitters, so…  More info

Bob's Winter Bitters
$17.18

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters

1cl, 12%
The Antique Bitters Company

These Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters are thought to originate from the 1890s or 1900s, although no definitive record of their production, ingredients or method of manufacture can be found,…  More info

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters
$26.04

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
$31.53

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
$31.52

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