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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!

Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6

15cl, 45%
Regans'

Regans' Orange bitters - absolutely magical when used in an old-fashioned. A must-have for anyone making cocktails with any kind of whisky.  More info

Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6
2
$11.70

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters

10cl, 44%
Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas is seen as the father of American mixology, so of course there is a range of inventive cocktail bitters named after him. These particular bitters feature the warming, spicy, vanilla-rich…  More info

Jerry Thomas Instant Age Toasted Oak Bitters
$32.05

Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

15cl, 27.7%
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
1
$16.27

The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set

10cl, 38.2%
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
1
$18.15

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

Looking to boost the herbaceous spice of your gin-based cocktails? Slam dunk a few drops of these Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters in your glass! These are made utilising rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Coriander Bitters 10cl
$16.94

Riemerschmid Bitter Angobitter

20cl, 48%
Anton Riemerschmid

Riemerschmid Bitter Angobitter took its inspiration from a traditional Polish recipe, originally used as medicine. Now though, it's just used to add a tasty bitter dimension to cocktails, with…  More info

Riemerschmid Bitter Angobitter
$8.49

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
$15.76

Fee Brothers Toasted Almond Bitters

15cl, 6.6%
Fee Brothers

The wonderful Fee Brothers present to you another marvellous creation, Toasted Almond Bitters! These are pretty diverse, making a great addition to anything from Tiki cocktails, to pretty much…  More info

Fee Brothers Toasted Almond Bitters
$15.80

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters

12cl, 40%
Bittered Sling

Be transported to Morocco through the means of delicious bitters! Canadian brand Bittered Sling has savoured the souk with this blend which is bursting with aromatic lemon zest, coriander seed,…  More info

Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters
2
$25.22

Bitter Queens Orange Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

From Bitter Queens comes some rich and aromatic Orange Bitters – just the thing for adding some zing to your cocktails. Including Spanish and Californian orange, lemon, chamomile, and frankincense,…  More info

Bitter Queens Orange Bitters
$26.65

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters

15cl, 21.1%
Fee Brothers

How many cocktails benefit from a touch of lime? Many - that's how many. From Fee Brothers extensive and eclectic range comes Lime Bitters; ready-made to give that fresh, tangy citrus element that…  More info

Fee Brothers Lime Bitters
$15.77

Bitter Queens Chocolate Walnut Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Ideal for making an array of warming, comforting tipples, these Chocolate Walnut Bitters from Bitter Queens are reminiscent of freshly baked cookies. With roasty notes of coffee, vanilla, cacao, and…  More info

Bitter Queens Chocolate Walnut Bitters
$26.65

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Using the peel of the small, green and rather bitter oranges you find on the Island of Curaçao, the Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters are supremely zesty. With carefully measured amounts of bittering…  More info

Bitter Bastards Curaçao Bitters
$12.08

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Add absinthe flavour to drinks and dishes without adding alcohol with Javier de las Muelas' Van Gogh Absinthe Droplets. As suited to a Sazarac as a salad dressing!  More info

Droplets Van Gogh Absinthe
$18.02

Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

A delightful array of eucalyptus, sage, California laurel, and tree bark make up these wonderfully verdant Eucalyptus Bitters from Bitter Queens. Ideal for bringing some luscious herbal notes to your…  More info

Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters
$26.65

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

15cl, 9%
Fee Brothers

Now where would an Old-Fashioned, or a Manhattan be without some decent Orange bitters. These are made by Fee Brothers using West Indian oranges.  More info

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
1
$16.38

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
$17.56

Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 17%
Fee Brothers

These excellent grapefruit bitters from Fee Brothers work really well in cocktails with a tangy citrus element. They add a little extra spice and depth. Try them in your next Margarita or Sour…  More info

Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
1
$15.78

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

If you feel like adding absinthe to your cocktails doesn't quite dial up the wormwood factor enough, add a few drops of the Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters! These are produced using rapid-maceration…  More info

Bitter Bastards Wormwood Bitters (10cl)
$16.94

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

15cl, 2.6%
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
$15.77

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
$27.31

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

"More Juniper Bitters!", we hear you call. The Bitter Bastards folks are happy to oblige - presenting their Juniper Bitters, now available in 10cl bottles! These rapidly-macerated,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Juniper Bitters 10cl
$16.94

Scrappy's Lime Bitters

15cl, 47.5%
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
$24.22

Scrappy's Celery Bitters

15cl, 51%
Scrappy's Bitters

Here we have some Celery Bitters from Seattle bartender Miles Thomas' very own Scrappy's Bitters range. Evoking the flavours of forgotten years, these bitters can be used in a number of classic…  More info

Scrappy's Celery Bitters
$24.22

Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic is a fascinating combination of some of the great bitters of the world, influenced by the aromatic bitters of Venezuela and Trinidad; with flavours of gentian,…  More info

Bittermens Transatlantic Aromatic
$21.13

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