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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!

Scrappy's Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 46.6%
Scrappy's Bitters

From the beautiful Scrappy's Bitters range, founded by Seattle-based bartender Miles Thomas, comes some marvellous Aromatic Bitters. Sure to jazz up your cocktails and mixed drinks (we would have…  More info

Scrappy's Aromatic Bitters
$23.64

Scrappy's 10 Year Anniversary Blend Bitters

15cl, 43.6%
Scrappy's Bitters

To celebrate ten years in the bitters-making biz, the Scrappy's team created this excellent expression, boasting bags of bergamot brilliance! They even put a recipe for a cocktail called The Decade…  More info

Scrappy's 10 Year Anniversary Blend Bitters
$52.08

Selvatiq Beyond Bitter

50cl, 25%
Selvatiq

An intriguing Italian bitter from the Selvatiq range, featuring ingredients foraged from Valtellina. Powerfully herbaceous and aromatic, this expression is wonderful served simply over ice or with…  More info

Selvatiq Beyond Bitter
$60.58

Bitter Queens Saparilla Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Brimming with root beer character, Saparilla Bitters from Bitter Queens are perfect for cocktails, but can also be used in cooking, to make marinades and the like! With sarsaparilla, liquorice,…  More info

Bitter Queens Saparilla Bitters
$26.61

Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 45%
Scrappy's Bitters

Is your cocktail calling out for a bittersweet burst of grapefruit? Scrappy's have you covered with their very own Grapefruit bitters!  More info

Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters
$21.99

Scrappy's Firewater Bitters

15cl, 44.3%
Scrappy's Bitters

Scrappy's Firewater Habanero Tincture is a neat way to add a fiery burst of heat to your cocktails (or perhaps your burrito if you're feeling hungry).  More info

Scrappy's Firewater Bitters
$21.99

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
$34.31

Scrappy's Orange Bitters

15cl, 43.9%
Scrappy's Bitters

Classically-styled Orange Bitters here from Scrappy's Bitters, made with fresh bitter peels alongside select herbs and spices - great in whisky cocktails.  More info

Scrappy's Orange Bitters
$21.99

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
$16.91

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
$16.91

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
$27.40

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
$17.99
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Copperhead Blends Aperitivum

5cl, 76%
Copperhead

The Copperhead Blends range helps you get the most out of this Belgian Gin and the different times you may wish to enjoy it. Aperitivum contains palate-cleansing angelica and grapefruit, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum
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$13.91

Droplets Sweet Violets

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Violet Droplets from Javier de las Muelas are as perfect for pastry chefs as they are for cocktail enthusiasts. Easily control the level of violet notes in your Aviation without adding sweetness, or…  More info

Droplets Sweet Violets
$16.83

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Nut

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016, and what better way to celebrate than to release a new range of bitters! The Drops & Dashes range is that celebratory bundle of bitters -…  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Nut
$14.66

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
$22.72

Dashfire Bay Leaf Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Started by Lee Egbert, Dashfire is a small craft company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that has a penchant for creating exotic and eclectic cocktail bitters. Bay leaves form the basis of this bitter,…  More info

Dashfire Bay Leaf Bitters
$14.95

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas Droplets, made without alcohol, aim to standardise a range of flavours both professionally and at home. Despite the obvious culinary applications of these rosemary Droplets, we…  More info

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary
$17.51

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Blossom

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

A deliciously floral expression from The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes range, released in celebration of their 10th anniversary - here's to many more, chaps!  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Blossom
$15.11

Dashfire Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

This aromatic bitter is based on an original 1862 recipe from Professor Jerry Thomas, a famed bartender from the 19th century. These artisan bitters are made for more cocktails that would benefit…  More info

Dashfire Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters
$20.07
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Van Wees Authentique Angostura Bitters

4cl, 43%
A. van Wees de Ooievaar

Dutch bitters from a recipe developed during the times of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, or Dutch East India Company. Apparently they were often added to flavour geneva.  More info

Van Wees Authentique Angostura Bitters
$12.20

Dashfire Grapefruit Bitters

10cl, 35%
Dashfire

Created by Lee Egbert, in St. Paul, Minnesota, this artisan tincture was handcrafted in small batches and designed to be enjoyed by creative cocktail enthusiasts and culinary minds who favour the…  More info

Dashfire Grapefruit Bitters
$18.32

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
$30.24

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Originally created for a bar in Brooklyn to give their punch a kick of spicy fruit deliciousness, these New England Spiced Cranberry from Bittermans cause quite enough of a stir among bartenders that…  More info

Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry
$17.48

Copperhead Blends Digestivum

5cl, 78%
Copperhead

These 'blends' are cool little specially formulated bitters or tinctures designed to bring out different aspects of Copperhead Gin. The Digestivum Blend contains ginger to aid digestion, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Digestivum
$13.77

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