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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!

Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Delicious Canadian bitters made by chef Jonathan Chovancek and mixologist/sommelier Lauren Mote. This plum and rootbeer blend does exactly what it says on the tin: a balance of sweet and savoury that…  More info

Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters
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$26.09

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Be transported to Morocco through the means of delicious bitters! Canadian brand Bittered Sling has savoured the souk with this blend which is bursting with aromatic lemon zest, coriander seed,…  More info

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters
$26.09

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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$26.09

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
$26.09

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
$35.65

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
$26.08

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
$31.58

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
$24.45

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
$13.01

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
$31.57

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
$25.98

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
$25.98

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
$22.92

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Add absinthe flavour to drinks and dishes without adding alcohol with Javier de las Muelas' Van Gogh Absinthe Droplets. As suited to a Sazarac as a salad dressing!  More info

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe
$17.24

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
$29.54

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
$19.54

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
$18.24

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
$22.92

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
$19.54

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
$19.54

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
$31.57

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
$31.57

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
$19.54

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
$32.62

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
$26.08

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