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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!

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
$21.25

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Freshly cut celery Droplets from Javier de las Muelas, which can be used like bitters in cocktails as well as in in other drinks and cooking. They contain no alcohol and are 100% natural. Try a few…  More info

Droplets Fresh Cut Celery
$19.84

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

15cl, 4.8%
Fee Brothers

Here we have some stunning Cherry Bitters from Fee Brothers, combining a dash of distinctive cherry fruit sweetness alongside the usual bitter notes. Bitters like these were a classic ingredient in…  More info

Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
2
$16.47

Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters

15cl, 2.4%
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
1
$15.86

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters

15cl, 47%
Scrappy's Bitters

The Scrappy's Bitters chaps have tried to evoke the flavours and personality of New Orleans with their Orleans Bitters, using notes of anise, cinnamon, citrus and floral wafts. Sazeracs at the…  More info

Scrappy's Orleans Bitters
$27.17
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Peychaud's Bitters

15cl, 35%
Sazerac

Peychaud’s aromatic cocktail bitters are made using a predominance of distinctive cloves with hefty liquorice notes, first crafted in 1793. They’ve stood the test of time and are a great…  More info

Peychaud's Bitters
3
$10.98

Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

15cl, 50.8%
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
$24.36

Dashfire Cardamom Bitters

10cl, 38%
Dashfire

Another effort from Dashfire’s unique and varied line of tinctures, handcrafted in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota. This release uses the power-pod of intense aromatic flavour that is cardamom…  More info

Dashfire Cardamom Bitters
$15.06
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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
1
$16.90

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters

5cl, 38.4%
Bitter Bastards

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters. Bet you can't say that 10 times really fast. These ingenious, rapidly-macerated, centrifugally-extracted bitters aren't just perfect for using in a…  More info

Bitter Bastards Manhattan Meta-Bitters
$20.70

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

You've got to be pretty proud of yourself when you name your range of cocktail bitters 'Bitters Sweet Symphony', which is exactly what the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin have done.…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Red Vineyard Peach - Hops
$27.06

Fee Brothers - Cardamon Bitters (Boker's Style)

15cl, 8.4%
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)
$16.47

Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

15cl, 47.6%
Scrappy's Bitters

Chocolate Bitters from the Scrappy's Bitters range, made with toasted cacao nibs. Ought to be great for chocolate and rum cocktails...  More info

Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters
$24.36

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters

15cl, 35.8%
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
$15.57

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

10cl, 35%
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
$17.55

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Rich, warming, delicious Vanilla Bitters from the Bob's Bitters range. Loads of authentic vanilla notes to be had here - just perfect for sweeter cocktails. These would also go great in mixed drinks…  More info

Bob’s Vanilla Bitters
$15.56

Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters

15cl, 52%
Scrappy's Bitters

Spicy Cardamom Bitters from the Scrappy's range (founded in Seattle by Miles Thomas), which has been handsomely well-balanced with a deft squeeze of citrus added into the mix. Ought to be good for…  More info

Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters
$24.36

Ms. Better's Smoke & Oak Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Intriguing smokey bitters from Canada's Ms. Better's range, brilliant for use in rum and whisky cocktails. Impressive stuff.  More info

Ms. Better's Smoke & Oak Bitters
$27.72

Droplets Fresh Ginger

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets provide a way of adding consistent quantities of fresh ginger to drinks and food. They're made without alcohol from natural ingredients.  More info

Droplets Fresh Ginger
$23.97

Bitter French Rainy Harvest Bitters

10cl, 40%
Bordeaux Distilling Co.

The Bordeaux Distilling Company has turned its hand to bitters! This is the Rainy Harvest variant from the Bitter French range, made with grape pomace, grape vine leaves, cardamom, and Rooibos tea,…  More info

Bitter French Rainy Harvest Bitters
$23.57

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
$12.15

Ms. Better's Orange Tree Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Canadian bitters from the Ms. Better's range, showing off plenty of fruity notes - and more. You'll find floral wafts of citrus blossom, herbaceous touches of orange tree leaves and a hint of oak-y…  More info

Ms. Better's Orange Tree Bitters
$27.47

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters

10cl, 32.7%
Bob's Bitters

Single botanical bitters from Bob's extensive range - grapefruit ones in this instance. As all good mixologists know 'bitters' shouldn't be treated as a single uniform ingredient any more than…  More info

Bob’s Grapefruit Bitters
$17.33

Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamon Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Two particularly spicy botanicals combine their powers to create Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters! Rather versatile indeed, these bitters suit gin-based cocktails just as well as…  More info

Ms. Better's Black Pepper Cardamon Bitters
$30.65

Bittermens Winter Melon

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Perhaps more commonly known for bringing a cooling balance to Cantonese dishes, here Bittermens blends winter melon with cucumber and nine additional botanicals to bring balance and a welcome lift to…  More info

Bittermens Winter Melon
$21.25

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