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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 Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set

10cl, 38.20%
The Bitter Truth

Designed to be carried in your hand luggage so never again will you have to cancel a holiday out of fear of not having a decent selection of cocktail bitters. The Bitter Truth has come up with these…  More info

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set
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$22.04

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Rubinette-Apple-and-Lemon-Thyme-favoured bitters the spectacularly titled Bitters Sweet Symphony range made by the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin. Top stuff for experimental bartenders.  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme
$20.83

Droplets Green Cardamom

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Droplets single varietal approach is similar to that of the Bitter Bastards range (which has its own Cardamom Bitters), except that Droplets are not actually bitters at all. They are alcohol-free,…  More info

Droplets Green Cardamom
$19.45

Suze Orange Bitters

20cl, 45%
Pernod

From the Suze bitters range comes some classic Orange Bitters. These are produced using gentian, sweet and bitter oranges and bergamot too. We think these bitters would pair excellently with drinks…  More info

Suze Orange Bitters
$29.58

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you're looking for some bitters to make your drink taste like you just filled up an Easter egg with mashed up chocolate buttons, this probably isn't for you. However, if you're looking to add a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters
$12.19

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

These Orange & Mandarin Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range are just the thing if your cocktails need a juicy boost of citrus notes. Go on, add a few drops to your Old Fashioned...  More info

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters
$14.89

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl

10cl, 46.20%
Master of Malt

Behold, the third batch of our very own cask-aged Whisky Bitters! These trusty bitters are made with a bountiful selection of scrumptious ingredients, including vanilla, cinnamon, clove and two types…  More info

Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters 3rd Edition 10cl
$18.32

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

15cl, 45.90%
Fee Brothers

Very fresh and hearty Lemon bitters from Fee Brothers. They make these with lemon oils and Lemon Grass, and the result is great bitters that work superbly well in Sours cocktails and long drinks.  More info

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
$15.56

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

These Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters have been made using cherries (obviously), a carefully selected spirit, well-measured amounts of bittering agent (gentian root), rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Sour Cherry Bitters
1
$12.19

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters

15cl, 35.80%
Fee Brothers

Very well made mint bitters from Fee Brothers. The flavour is so authentic and rich, just a dash to a mojito or rum cocktail and you'll bring out a world of new flavours.  More info

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
1
$11.87

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
$29.70

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
$14.64

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
$12.19

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Part of the Bitters Sweet Symphony range from German distillers Ferdinand, comes the Winerose Lavender bitters, sure to add delicate, though complex notes to your cocktails and mixed drinks. And yes,…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Winerose - Lavender
$24.52

Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters

15cl, 17.50%
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
$11.17

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth have long created celery bitters and now the top German bitters producers have produced cucumber bitters too! Perfect for Pimms and G&Ts especially.  More info

The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
1
$17.51

Copperhead Blends Gift Box

15cl, 77%
Copperhead

The Copperhead Blends in a handy set! Three bottles of bitters that you can be use to highlight certain aspects of their Belgian gin for different occasions: Digestivum contains ginger to aid…  More info

Copperhead Blends Gift Box
$27.91

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters

12cl, 45%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Yuzu Bitters from the LA-based Miracle Mile range, created by Louis Anderman. Yuzu is a citrus fruit more commonly found in Asia, though more and more the fruit's elegant, floral flavours are…  More info

Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters
$29.58

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
$29.74

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
$35.46

Bob’s Ginger Bitters

10cl, 30%
Bob's Bitters

Ginger Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Bob focuses more on single-botanical expressions rather than mixtures of ingredients, resulting in bitters which can let cocktails enthusiasts craft the…  More info

Bob’s Ginger Bitters
$14.89

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Cardamom has been a handy tool in a bartender's tool-belt for years, and these Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters will surely find their way into the tool-belts of many bartenders and, consequently,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters
1
$12.19

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas Droplets, made without alcohol, aim to standardise a range of flavours both professionally and at home. Despite the obvious culinary applications of these rosemary Droplets, we…  More info

Droplets Mediterranean Rosemary
$20.16

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
$15.84

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters

15cl, 2.40%
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
$11.69

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