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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!

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These Cocoa Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range won't make your drinks taste like you've been slapped in the face with one of those hilariously oversized 1kg chocolate bars which were so popular…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl
$18.70

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
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
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
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitter, which will look just as at home on your home bar as they would in your kitchen's spice rack. Add a few drops of these rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters 10cl
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Cardamom is great. This is a known thing. It is known. Fancy getting more cardamom deliciousness in your drinks? These Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters are what you're looking for. Rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 10cl
$18.70

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Black pepper is a flavour that crops up in a lot of drinks, from aged spirits like whisky and rum to enjoyably spicy gins. You'll need plenty of cocktail bitters to help boost those yummy notes,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters 10cl
$18.70

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
$18.70

The Bitter End Thai Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Made with a mixture of Thai chilli, lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander, quassia, galangal and spearmint, the Bitter End's Thai Bitters will add a burst of sweet spice to your drinks.  More info

The Bitter End Thai Bitters
$22.07

The Bitter End Moroccan Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Some particularly zesty bitters here from The Bitter End range, evoking the flavours of Moroccan cooking! These are made with mint, lemon, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and more.  More info

The Bitter End Moroccan Bitters
$22.07

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
$22.07

Clark & Co. Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
Clark & Co.

Orange bitters created by Clark & Co., presented in an atomiser bottle to allow for them to be sprayed atop your cocktail, which can boost the aroma of your beautiful beverage.  More info

Clark & Co. Orange Bitters
$17.77

Droplets Indian Spices

5cl, 0%
Droplets

As at home in gastonomy as mixology, Javier de las Muelas' Droplets is an adaptable, alcohol-free range. These Indian Spices Droplets add spice flavour without affecting the texture or salinity of a…  More info

Droplets Indian Spices
$16.93

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets are a great way to add consistent flavour to drinks and food. Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile works well with apple and other fruit in cocktails, desserts and sorbets or…  More info

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile
$19.53

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
$15.58

Suze Aromatic Bitters

20cl, 45%
Pernod

Suze Aromatic Bitters are crafted using a combination of gentian, cardamom and cinnamon, resulting in big, bold, exciting bitters. Surely these will work well with rum, whisky and perhaps even…  More info

Suze Aromatic Bitters
$30.36

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
$30.21

Gordon's Orange Bitters - 1950s

19cl, 23%
Gordon's

Something quite special here, a rare bottle of Gordon's Orange Bitters from the 1950s!  More info

Gordon's Orange Bitters - 1950s
$250.12

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
$20.55

The Bitter End Curry Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Some rather delicious bitters here from The Bitter End (you have to be pretty pleased with yourself when you claim that name for your bitters brand), featuring spices you'll be very familiar with if…  More info

The Bitter End Curry Bitters
$22.02

The Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

Xocolatl Mole Bitters are superb bitter chocolate bitters that work wonders in drinks made with vermouth or rich whisky.  More info

The Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole Bitters
$26.43

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
$31.27

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
$23.39

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
$30.20

Suze Red Aromatic Bitters

20cl, 45%
Pernod

Aromatic bitter from the Suze range (famous for their delicious Suze herbal liqueur). These are flavoured using anise and nutmeg, which makes us think they'll be rather good in rum-based cocktails as…  More info

Suze Red Aromatic Bitters
$30.36

Clark & Co. Aromatic Bitters

10cl, 48%
Clark & Co.

Clark & Co. specialise in tasty cocktail ingredients presented in atomiser bottles to allow for the bitters and tinctures to be sprayed into their respective drinks - which is good for boosting…  More info

Clark & Co. Aromatic Bitters
$17.77

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