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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!

Bitter Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Check out this Chinese 5-Spice Bitters from Bitter Queens! With spicy pepper, star anise, and a warming, bitter profile, it'll add an interesting layer to all manner of cocktails. Ideal if you're…  More info

Bitter Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters
$26.46

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Strawberry and pepper - a timeless though always surprising combination. The Ms. Better's folks have combined notes of fresh green strawberries and Mah Kwan pepper in these richly aromatic cocktail…  More info

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters
$25.92

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

Named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite Bitters are made with numerous ingredients which have alleged aphrodisiacal properties. These include Chocolate, Cocoa nibs, Ginger root, Red Chilli,…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters
2
$10.51

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
$15.61

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Inspired by the popular Belarusian tipple known as Krupnik, the chaps at Bittermens have created some cocktail bitters featuring ingredients along the lines of black tea, pine, juniper and honey,…  More info

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters
$17.42
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Angostura Bitters

20cl, 44.7%
Angostura

What would any great cocktail be without a few dashes of Angostura bitters? These legendary bitters were created by Dr Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, who was Surgeon General in Simon Bolivar's…  More info

Angostura Bitters
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$13.13

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
$15.61

Angostura Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
Angostura

Although they have only been around since 2007, Angostura’s Orange Bitters are only the second expression to have made an appearance since the original bitters were released in 1824! It blends…  More info

Angostura Orange Bitters
$10.28

Droplets Oak Smoke

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Oak Smoke Droplets from Javier de las Muelas, made without alcohol, for controlled, consistent addition of smoky flavour to food and drink. Great with cola, try with rum and whisky based cocktails,…  More info

Droplets Oak Smoke
$17.96

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Aromatic, perfumed and altogether awesome Coriander Bitters, for the cocktails that desire intriguing flavours which urge you to take another sip. Rapidly macerated, centrifugally extracted and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters
$12

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

The wonderful Ms. Better's Bitters has harnessed the kola nut for this bottling! The nuts themselves are fairly bitter with a hint of spice (some say it's closest to nutmeg), so we reckon this would…  More info

Ms. Better's Kola Bitters
$27.67

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

15cl, 4.5%
Fee Brothers

Very unusual indeed - Rhubarb bitters. Made by Fee Brothers, they have a complex medicinal, rhubarb flavour with hints of cherry.  More info

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
3
$16.79

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
$13.61

Bitter Queens Thai Spice Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Pack up your palate for a Southeast Asian adventure with this Thai Spice Bitters from Bitter Queens! With zesty notes of lemongrass and makrut lime and a warming kick of chili and ginger it balances…  More info

Bitter Queens Thai Spice Bitters
$26.46

Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Intriguing Canadian bitters made with Malagasy cocoa beans all the way from Madagascar! Dry, aromatic and slightly smoky, these bitters work incredibly in oak-aged spirits, mezcals and vermouths.  More info

Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
1
$25.15

Bob’s Coriander Bitters

10cl, 34.8%
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
$14.26

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of White Truffle Bitters from the innovative Bitter Bastards range, made with Tuber Borchii or 'bianchetto' truffles. Add intriguing, subtly savoury, herbaceous notes to your cocktails…  More info

Bitter Bastards White Truffle Bitters - Tuber Borchii 10cl
$36.11

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Here we have a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters, excellent for using in cocktails where the aromatic and intensely herbaceous notes of fennel are called for - particularly gin cocktails!  More info

Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters 10cl
$16.82

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Zesty grapefruit-flavoured bitters from Vancouver-based producer, Ms. Better's. Great in refreshing cocktails, and the name is a rather good tongue twister, too.  More info

Ms. Better's Grapefruit Bitters
$23.98

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

An original concoction from chef Jonathan Chovancek and sommelier Lauren Mote, Moondog is bursting with spicy, smoky flavours, set to liven up all kinds of drinks made with oak-matured spirits. Give…  More info

Bittered Sling Moondog Latin Bitters
3
$25.15

Bob’s Cardamon Bitters

10cl, 35%
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
$14.26

Bob's Spring Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Though Bob's Bitters generally focuses on a single ingredient, in its range of seasonal bitters the bottlings focus on... A season! This is the Spring expression, and as you can imagine, it's rather…  More info

Bob's Spring Bitters
$18.25

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

These Canadian aromatic cocktail bitters from Ms. Better's selection have been made using a hearty selection of spices and botanicals which you would have found on trade route ships throughout…  More info

Ms. Better's Aromatic Bitters Batch 42
$23.98

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
$24.14

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
$23.15

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