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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!

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

You've got to be pretty proud of yourself when you name your range of cocktail bitters 'Bitters Sweet Symphony', which is exactly what the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin have done.…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops
$21.19

The Bitter End Memphis Barbeque Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

Some very interesting bitters from The Bitter End selection, made to evoke the flavours of a Memphis Barbecue! Yum yum yum...  More info

The Bitter End Memphis Barbeque Bitters
$22.00

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Discovery Gift Set

20cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Ever feel like walking down the street bumping into people and walking on the bonnets of cars because you don't have the full range of Ferdinand's bitters? Well help is at hand with this gift set…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Discovery Gift Set
$36.15

Bittermens Boston Bittahs

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

These bitters are packed full of citrus flavours off-set with a heavy dose of chamomile. Designed for summer months but can bring a zestiness to a cocktail at any time of year!  More info

Bittermens Boston Bittahs
$29.27

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
$30.10

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Celery Bitters from The Bitter Truth are the first celery bitters on the market for a long time. Great in a herbal cocktail, or in anything with a clear spirit based (gin, vodka etc).  More info

The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
1
$23.62

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters

15cl, 2.4%
Fee Brothers

The fantastic Fee Brothers create their Molasses Bitters using Blackstrap molasses and compliment its flavour profile with nutmeg and coffee. These work really well in rum-based cocktails, bringing…  More info

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters
$16.92

Bob’s Lavender Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

These are the Lavender Bitters from Bob's Bitters collection. Focussing on single botanicals rather than mixtures of ingredients, these allow for bartenders to craft the flavours of their cocktails…  More info

Bob’s Lavender Bitters
$15.15

Miracle Mile Bergamot Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Though you're more likely to find Bergamot giving Earl Grey tea a refreshing fresh kick to its flavour profile, you might like to try it in a cocktail or two, and Miracle Mile's Bergamot Bitters will…  More info

Miracle Mile Bergamot Bitters
$35.64

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
$15.37

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Like chefs arm themselves with spices to create masterful meals, bartenders arm themselves with bitters to perfectly season cocktails. The Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters wouldn't look out of place in…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters
$12.40

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
$12.40

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
$15.37

Droplets Presentation Box

8cl, 0%
Droplets

The full set of Javier de las Muelas' Droplets, made with natural ingredients and without alcohol. Featuring many flavours that can be difficult to use consistently, now all you need to do is count…  More info

Droplets Presentation Box
$80.16

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters

15cl, 12%
Fee Brothers

Add a dose of dark fruit and spice to your cocktails with the Fee Brothers Plum Bitters. Ought to pair well with dark rums, we reckon.  More info

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters
$13.86

Droplets Tonka Bean

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Tonka beans have been a favourite of top chefs for years, and now you can add them with ease to your cocktails and cooking with these alcohol-free Droplets. Great with dark rum and tropical fruits so…  More info

Droplets Tonka Bean
$20.71

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters (30%)

20cl, 30%
The Bitter Truth

A new higher ABV version of the Bitter Truth's Jerry Thomas Bitters, based on those made by the legendary bartender and professor they're named after. Perfect for a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.  More info

The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters (30%)
2
$19.01

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
$12.40

Scrappy's Bitters Classic Flavours Mini Set

6cl, 46.9%
Scrappy's Bitters

Fill out your bitters collection with this neat gift pack of Scrappy's Bitters! This includes a little 1.5cl bottle of each of the following Scrappy's Bitters - Aromatic Bitters, Celery Bitters,…  More info

Scrappy's Bitters Classic Flavours Mini Set
$19.72

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water

12cl, 0%
The Bitter Truth

You can't make a Ramos Gin Fizz without this! Non-alcoholic Orange Flower Water can also be added to champagne or sparkling wine for a delectable summer drink.  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Flower Water
$14.89

The Bitter Truth Thomas Henry Bitters

20cl, 43%
The Bitter Truth

These bitters from The Bitter Truth are made using oranges, lemons and grapefruit from Sicily, perfect for giving a drink a balanced citrus component.  More info

The Bitter Truth Thomas Henry Bitters
$18.63

Droplets Fresh Flavours

4cl, 0%
Droplets

Droplets is a fascinating range from Javier de las Muelas aiming to standardise a number of flavours for gastronomy and mixology. Each is made without alcohol and with natural ingredients. These are…  More info

Droplets Fresh Flavours
$30.78

Droplets Mature Flavours

4cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets, made without alcohol, are a perfect and accurate way of easily adding flavours to cocktails, drinks and many dishes. These are the 'mature' flavours in the range (as…  More info

Droplets Mature Flavours
$30.78

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
$15.37

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
$15.37

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