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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!

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
$26.32

The Bitter Truth Rose Water

12cl, 0%
The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth Rose Water is flavoured with organic blossoms, and undergoes an intricate distillation process. As you might imagine the scent is flowery and very natural.  More info

The Bitter Truth Rose Water
1
$13.03

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif

70cl, 33%
Kamm & Sons

Kamm & Sons excellent Ginseng Spirit has been relaunched as Kamm & Sons British Aperitif - still containing 45 botanicals (such as grapefruit peel, manuka honey, elderflower, juniper berries, fennel…  More info

Kamm & Sons British Aperitif
$29.42

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bob's Bitters

One upon a time, Abbotts Bitters were a vital tool in a mixologist's arsenal, though in the 1950s they stopped being produced. However, the recipe has been recreated for the Bob's Bitters range much…  More info

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters
$17.67

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
$20.19

Fee Brothers - Cardamon Bitters (Boker's Style)

15cl, 8.40%
Fee Brothers

Another addition to a bartender's arsenal from Fee Brothers, they've only gone and made some Cardamom Bitters, inspired by a classic style of bitters which date back to the 1800s. Plenty spicy, with…  More info

Fee Brothers - Cardamon Bitters (Boker's Style)
$10.35

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

15cl, 2.60%
Fee Brothers

A superb dark chocolate bitters inspired by the cacao lusting Aztecs of yore who would drink a bitter version of hot chocolate made from cacao, peppers and spices. Fee Brothers' bitters are fantastic…  More info

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
$11.42

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum

5cl, 42%
Bitter Bastards

Tuber Aestivum, or the Summer Truffle, is in fact the same species as the Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum), but they are grown in the Mediterranean warmth of southern France, Spain and Italy and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters - Tuber Aestivum
$21.74

Miracle Mile Sour Cherry Bitters

12cl, 40%
Miracle Mile Bitters

Not only are these Sour Cherry Bitters from Miracle Mile made with sour cherries, they also feature wild cherry bark! They're also made with ginger blossom, orange blossom honey, cardamom and…  More info

Miracle Mile Sour Cherry Bitters
$26.32

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
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$15.95

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram

70cl, 38%
Danish Distillers

Gammel Dansk is a Danish bitters, and the name literally means "Old Danish". It was first created in 1961 and it is flavoured with herbs and spices including star anise, nutmeg, ginger, laurel,…  More info

Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram
17
$25.58

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These chipotle bitters are made with delicious smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, gentian root and specially selected spirit. The yummy, highly-desirable flavours gained through rapid-maceration are then…  More info

Bitter Bastards Chipotle Bitters
$10.85

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
$19.24

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
$31.63

Lejay Cassis Bitters

10cl, 39%
Lejay

Blackcurrant-flavoured bitters from Lejay, one of the most well-known producers of Creme de Cassis de Dijon. Should add a fruity twist to a Negroni, and could very well be used to add yet more…  More info

Lejay Cassis Bitters
$12.66

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
$25.62

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
$32.31

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters

10cl, 31.50%
Dr. Adam Elmegirab

These were created in 1828 by John G Boker. They became very popular in New York and they were synonymous with the "golden age" of cocktail making. They were used throughout Jerry Thomas's book "How…  More info

Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters
1
$12.02

Droplets Orange Blossom Honey

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Created to add honeyed depth to food and drinks without adding sweetness, these alcohol-free droplets from Javier de las Muelas are aimed at both those interested in gastronomy and mixology,…  More info

Droplets Orange Blossom Honey
$16.30

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

You've heard of whisky barrel-aged orange bitter, but how about gin barrel-aged orange bitters? Fee Brothers have brought that dream to life, ageing their famous orange bitters for three to six…  More info

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters
$18.89

Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

15cl, 50.80%
Scrappy's Bitters

Excellent Lavender Bitters from Scrappy's Bitters range, not invented by a crime-fighting puppy but by Seattle bartender Miles Thomas.  More info

Scrappy's Lavender Bitters
$17.99

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
$17.31

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
$13.03

Scrappy's Lime Bitters

15cl, 49.10%
Scrappy's Bitters

Spectacular Lime Bitters from Scrappy's Bitters range, made with organic limes. Should be great in a cocktail, and ought to be rather handy when making guacamole, too.  More info

Scrappy's Lime Bitters
$17.37

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
$13.84

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