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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!

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

12cl, 44%
Bittermens

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub was partially inspired by a pickle seller in New York, partially inspired by a vintage soda which was made with celery and partially inspired by picklebacks.…  More info

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub
$30.86

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1

5cl, 75%
Master of Malt

These are the London Cocktail Society's very own bitters - developed with their members and Master of Malt through a bitters blending competition held at Shaker and Company in November 2011. We gave…  More info

London Cocktail Society Bitters #1
$12.67

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
$30.91

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
$18.09

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
$12.67

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

The Bittermens chaps over in the USA were inspired by cream sodas and phosphates you might find in soda shops of old for their Orange Cream Citrate Bitters, which are more intensely sour and sweet,…  More info

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters
$30.86

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Some very interesting cocktail bitters from Bittermens in America (we probably could say that about everything they come out with), their Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters are made with a classic…  More info

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters
1
$30.86

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Extraordinary bitters, Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters are made with grapefruit essences and peels, hops for bitterness, and bottled at 53% abv. We recommend these be used in cocktails such as…  More info

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
$29.90

Droplets Fresh Ginger

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets provide a way of adding consistent quantities of fresh ginger to drinks and food. They're made without alcohol from natural ingredients.  More info

Droplets Fresh Ginger
$22.23

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Freshly cut celery Droplets from Javier de las Muelas, which can be used like bitters in cocktails as well as in in other drinks and cooking. They contain no alcohol and are 100% natural. Try a few…  More info

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery
$17.77

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
$25.40

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$15.48

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
$20.51

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask Limited Edition

70cl, 43%
Kamm & Sons

We already loved Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, made with 45 botanicals such as grapefruit peel, ginseng, juniper, fennel seeds, hibiscus and goji berries. This limited edition has us very excited,…  More info

Kamm & Sons Islay Cask Limited Edition
$45.56

The Bitter End Mexican Mole Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

From New Mexico's Bitter End cocktail bitters series comes some absolutely fantastic Mexican Mole Bitters! Made with the same spices you'd find in a Mole Poblano, including Cayenne pepper, allspice,…  More info

The Bitter End Mexican Mole Bitters
$22.47

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Intensely refreshing and subtly spicy Peppermint Bitters from the Bob's Bitters selection. We reckon these will work well in gin cocktails, but might also make for a good ingredient in cooking and…  More info

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters
$15.48

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Some the Bob's range of single-botanical bitters range comes their Cardamom Bitters. Massive, authentic spice notes coming through with these, perfect for cocktails that need an intense boost of…  More info

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters
$15.48

Bob’s Liquorice Bitters

10cl, 30%
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
$15.48

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Single botanical bitters from Bob's extensive range - grapefruit ones in this instance. As all good mixologists know 'bitters' shouldn't be treated as a single uniform ingredient any more than…  More info

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters
$15.48

Clark & Co. Vermouth Rinse

10cl, 18%
Clark & Co.

From Clark & Co.'s selection of cocktail ingredients comes their Vermouth Rinse, which comes in an atomiser bottle which allows for bursts of flavour to be added to your cocktails. These will go…  More info

Clark & Co. Vermouth Rinse
$13.71

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
$25.51

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
$21.64

Miracle Mile Orange Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Some classically-styled Orange Bitters from the Miracle Mile range, created in LA by Louis Anderman. By combining bitter and sweet orange peels with lemon peels, cinchona, cinnamon, juniper and more,…  More info

Miracle Mile Orange Bitters
$30.74

The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

These Lemon Bitters from The Bitter Truth were the first of their kind on the market. Great zingy flavour, works wonders in a Martini or a Gin and Tonic.  More info

The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
$23.57

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Produced in Germany by The Bitter Truth, these delicious bitters are flavoured with peach. The result is the perfect addition to a variety of fruity cocktails.  More info

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
1
$18.62

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