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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!

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters

10cl, 45%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Orinoco Bitters created by Dr. Adam Elmegirab, originally for use in the multi-award-winning Dead Rabbit bar in New York City. Inspired by a style of bitters produced in the late 1800s, they're made…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Orinoco Aromatic Bitters
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$10.54

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters

5cl, 29%
Dashfire

Cuppa chai, anyone? These exceptional chai bitters come under Dashfire’s Vagabond Series, which is inspired by founder Lee Egbert’s passion for travel and culture. Made from black tea, ginger,…  More info

Dashfire Chai'Walla Chai Bitters
$17.36

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
$13.73

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

15cl, 1.7%
Fee Brothers

Since they’ve been in the business since 1864, it’s no wonder that Fee Brothers know a thing or two about how to make a brilliant bitter. These unique peach bitters are one such bitter, we’d suggest…  More info

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
$15.11

Elemental Bitters - Blackberry & Balsamic

10cl, 55%
Elemental Distillers

Intriguingly flavoured bitters from New Zealand's Elemental Distillers, founded by Ben Leggett, who you may know for creating Regency Bitters when he was working in Brighton. Good pedigree, and good…  More info

Elemental Bitters - Blackberry & Balsamic
$27.31

Dashfire Star Anise Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Dashfire Bitters creator Lee Egbert has previously lived in China for a year and a half, and also travelled extensively in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Italy,…  More info

Dashfire Star Anise Bitters
$15.70

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 45%
Dale DeGroffs

Pleasingly spicy Pimento Aromatic Bitters created for Dale Degroff's range by King Cocktail himself along with T. A. Breaux, the well-known absinthe distiller. Dale Degroff is known for his work at a…  More info

Dale Degroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters
$16.51

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

The Teapot Bitters were created in early 2012 when Dr. Adam Elmegirab felt inspired by the medicinal uses of tea and bitters. So he decided to fuse the two together into these delicious tea-flavoured…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters
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$11.66

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters

10cl, 42%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

This was released in 2009 as a unique addition to the growing Bitters sector. These bitters are superb in cocktails and have a brilliantly sweet and spicy flavour.  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Dandelion and Burdock Bitters
2
$11.66

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Wood

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

Released as part of the Drops & Dashes range from The Bitter Truth (unveiled in celebration of their 10th anniversary), these bitters are perfect for accentuating the rich wood-y notes of whisky,…  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Wood
$13.33

Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 17.5%
Fee Brothers

Classically styled old fashioned bitters from Fee Brothers. These work wonders in a Planter's Punch, a Singapore Sling or a Manhattan.  More info

Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
$15.65

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots

10cl, 42%
The Bitter Truth

A rich, aromatic expression from The Bitter Truth's Drops & Dashes range, launched in 2016 in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Delicious stuff, and very well presented too.  More info

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes - Roots
$15.17

Copperhead Blends Energeticum

5cl, 80%
Copperhead

Add a few drops to help highlight different sides of Copperhead Gin. The Energeticus Blend contains plenty of guarana for a pick-me-up!  More info

Copperhead Blends Energeticum
$13.86

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Winter Spiced Bitters

10cl, 43%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

A marvellous creation from Dr Adam Elmegirab. The Winter Spiced Bitters boast a whole stocking full of delicious festival flavours, perfect for jazzing-up any cockle-warming tipples when the weather…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Winter Spiced Bitters
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$10.54

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

15cl, 6.4%
Fee Brothers

Thanks to Fee Brothers, you can now enjoy the earthy, nutty taste of walnuts in your drinks without getting bits of shell stuck in your teeth. Their Black Walnut Bitters can add some sweet, mildly…  More info

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
$15.33

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

20cl, 43%
The Bitter Truth

Make your Gin & Tonic more Gin & Tonic-y with the Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters, which blends together notes of grapefruit, lime, Seville Orange and Sicilian lemon along with juniper, orris root and…  More info

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters
$16

Angostura Cocoa Bitters

10cl, 48%
Angostura

Brilliant rich, chocolatey Cocoa Bitters from Angostura! The cocoa is sourced from Trinidad and Tobago evoking oodles of bitter, nutty notes. We can see this pairing very well with dark spirits,…  More info

Angostura Cocoa Bitters
$10.86

Australian Bitters Co. Grapefruit Bitters

12cl, 45%
Australian Bitters Company

Got a drink that could use a burst of delicious, zesty grapefruit bitterness? Well, Grapefruit Bitters are the way to go for you! These right here are some top-quality Grapefruit Bitters from the…  More info

Australian Bitters Co. Grapefruit Bitters
$25.13

Bob’s Liquorice Bitters

10cl, 32.1%
Bob's Bitters

Vibrantly flavoursome Liquorice Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Focussing on the intense though subtly sweet flavours of liquorice, these bitters will pair well with all manner of gin-based…  More info

Bob’s Liquorice Bitters
$14.30

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

15cl, 17.5%
Fee Brothers

Fantastic spicy, rich tasting bitters from Fee Brothers. There are the crème de la crème from the range, bottled once each year in the spring. The bitters have been aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels.  More info

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters
$22.90

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

You've heard of whisky barrel-aged orange bitter, but how about gin barrel-aged orange bitters? Fee Brothers have brought that dream to life, ageing their famous orange bitters for three to six…  More info

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters
$22.59

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
$18.11

Bittermens Scarborough

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The chaps at Bittermans have the perfect thing for giving your drinks a good whack of savoury herbaceousness - Scarborough bitters! These are made using a blend of sage, parsley, thyme and rosemary,…  More info

Bittermens Scarborough
$17.28

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Making some cocktails with absinthe and looking to accentuate its wormwood notes? You'll want some of these Wormwood Bitters from Ms. Better's range, then.  More info

Ms. Better's Wormwood Bitters
$27.18

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%

10cl, 40%
Bob's Bitters

One upon a time, Abbotts Bitters were a vital tool in a mixologist's arsenal, though in the 1950s they stopped being produced. However, the recipe has been recreated for the Bob's Bitters range much…  More info

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters 40%
$20.91

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