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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!

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters

6cl, 45%
The Bitter End

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters add a burst of sweet heat to your mixed drinks and cocktails, using a combination of habanero, quassia, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and thyme. Truly awesome stuff.  More info

The Bitter End Jamaican Jerk Bitters
$19.33

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
$21.83

Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters

12cl, 40%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Miracle Mile Bitters are created by Louis Anderman out in LA. In fact, the Chocolate Chilli Bitters were the bitters which originally launched the company! They're made with Valrhona cacao nibs and…  More info

Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli Bitters
$26.43

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
$32.45

Droplets Sweet Violets

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Violet Droplets from Javier de las Muelas are as perfect for pastry chefs as they are for cocktail enthusiasts. Easily control the level of violet notes in your Aviation without adding sweetness, or…  More info

Droplets Sweet Violets
$15.61

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
$13.31

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
$17.63

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
$10.89

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
$10.94

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters

5cl, 49.50%
Bitter Bastards

Brian's mother may not have been too enamoured by myrrh, but there's nothing she enjoyed more than a gift of gold or frankincense. Despite being promised as much gold as she could eat by the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters
$10.89

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
$11.99

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Cacao, cinnamon and spice flavoured bitters designed to be added to aged Tequila but also work well in Bourbon and Rye whiskies.  More info

Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
$20.00

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Toasted Pecan Bitters do sound particularly mouthwatering, don't they? These come to us from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Not only do they feature notes of toasted…  More info

Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters
$26.43

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Stunning Creole bitters from the Bitter Truth. Creole Bitters reflects the intense, rich style of good from Louisiana, vaguely similar to Cajun food, which sprung from meeting of many cultures…  More info

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
$16.01

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

These Grapefruit Bitters are excellent in drinks made with gin or other clear spirits. These are great in summertime favourites like a Daiquiri or a Gin and Tonic.  More info

The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
$21.14

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
$47.02

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters

6cl, 49%
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

From the Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. collection comes some rather wonderful Aromatic Bitters, perfect for giving a good burst of flavour to a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. Made with citrus, a selection…  More info

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters
$13.08

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
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$20.74

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
$10.89

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl

15cl, 1.30%
Fee Brothers

You're probably not going to get one of your five a day from the Fee Brothers Celery Bitters, especially since you'll only need to add a dash or two to give your drinks some complex, bitter-sweet and…  More info

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl
$11.40

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango

5cl, 55%
Regency Bitters

Regency Bitters are a new range of cocktail bitters created by Brighton bartender Ben Leggett. Exciting stuff with some truly taste-bud-tantalising flavours behind them. How do Bourbon Oak Smoked…  More info

Regency Bitters - Bourbon Oak Smoked Mango
$16.37

Marka Nordic Bitter

50cl, 35%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

The first product from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (which will be the first production distillery to open in Norway since 1927), offering a taste of the Norwegian forest! These bitters are made with 16…  More info

Marka Nordic Bitter
$31.69

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

Fantastic chocolate bitters from Germany courtesy of The Bitter Truth. Try adding a dash into a cocktail that uses a rich whisky for some tremendous added depth.  More info

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters
$16.15

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Perfectly crafted orange bitters, these Orange Bitters from Bitter Truth are essential in a good Old Fashioned Cocktail. Loads of zesty, spicy flavour!  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
$16.01

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
$11.97

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