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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!

Brimmers Bitters

5cl, 45%
Brimmers

After three years of experimentation, British-based Brimmers Bitters finally crafted their inaugural signature product. It looks like the wait was worth it, because it won a Gold Medal in the 2018…  More info

Brimmers Bitters
$11.29

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
2
$25.91

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
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$25.53

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
2
$25.53

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
$34.25

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
$25.06

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
$30.34

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
$24.96

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
$18.78

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
$17.52

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
$22.02

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
$30.33

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
$25.06

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
$30.33

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters

15cl, 47%
Scrappy's Bitters

The Scrappy's Bitters chaps have tried to evoke the flavours and personality of New Orleans with their Orleans Bitters, using notes of anise, cinnamon, citrus and floral wafts. Sazeracs at the…  More info

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters
$23.80

Dashfire Clove Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Handcrafted in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dashfire Clove Bitters utilise the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family, condensing its flavour into handy bitters, so you…  More info

Dashfire Clove Bitters
$13.97

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
$8.65

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

If you feel like adding absinthe to your cocktails doesn't quite dial up the wormwood factor enough, add a few drops of the Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters! These are produced using rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters 10cl
$18.78

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Angelica might sound all angelic and whatnot, but don't be fooled - it can be a right bitter bastard too! These cocktail bitters are made with intense angelica root, specially selected spirit,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters
$12.50

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

An original concoction from chef Jonathan Chovancek and sommelier Lauren Mote, Moondog is bursting with spicy, smoky flavours, set to liven up all kinds of drinks made with oak-matured spirits. Give…  More info

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters
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$25.91

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
$30.33

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

You'll often see gentian being used as a bittering agent in cocktails and bitters alike. Yep, it's fair to say that gentian is a properly bitter bastard. Naturally, the Bitter Bastards range wouldn't…  More info

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters
$12.50

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
$16.53

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of bitters made with perhaps the most Christmas-y of spices - cinnamon! The Bitter Bastards range puts innovative rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction techniques to use, creating…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters 10cl
$17.52

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Clove is wonderful stuff, whether you're adding it to some mulled wine or picking it out of a whisky's snazzy bouquet, we love this dark spice. How then, to get some of this magic into your…  More info

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters
$12.50

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