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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!

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

10cl, 46.2%
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
$17.84

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile

5cl, 0%
Droplets

Javier de las Muelas' Droplets are a great way to add consistent flavour to drinks and food. Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile works well with apple and other fruit in cocktails, desserts and sorbets or…  More info

Droplets Darjeeling Tea & Chamomile
$21.06

The Japanese Bitters - Shiso

10cl, 28%
The Japanese Bitters

The Japanese Bitters has gone and bottled up the flavour of shiso in these wonderful bitters! Shiso is the common name for the Asian culinary seed and plant of Perilla, belonging to the mint family,…  More info

The Japanese Bitters - Shiso
$35.74

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters 10cl

10cl, 50%
Bitter Bastards

A bounty of clove deliciousness, all trapped within a 10cl bottle - yes, it's the Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters! These massively flavoursome bitters are made with innovative rapid-maceration and…  More info

Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters 10cl
$16.65
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Amargo Chuncho Bitters

8cl, 40%
Amargo Chuncho

The ultimate bitters for delicious Pisco sours, Chuncho bitters are made with Peruvian Quina and Sarrapia leaves as well as a variety of barks, roots, flowers, herbs and peels.  More info

Amargo Chuncho Bitters
$14.92

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Chocolate Bitters, you say? Yum, yum, yum... These come from the Bob's Bitters range, which features a selection of single-botanicals bitters than make it easy to match their flavours with your…  More info

Bob’s Chocolate Bitters
$14.12

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters (10cl)

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Black pepper is a flavour that crops up in a lot of drinks, from aged spirits like whisky and rum to enjoyably spicy gins. You'll need plenty of cocktail bitters to help boost those yummy notes,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Black Pepper Bitters (10cl)
$16.65

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Summoning the earthen character of tobacco, these Tobacco Bitters from Bitter Queens are made with smoked tea, clove and vanilla. Ideal for aged spirit cocktails, they'll make a magnificent Manhattan!  More info

Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters
$26.19
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The Japanese Bitters - Umami

10cl, 27%
The Japanese Bitters

Umami is one of the five basic tastes, along with sweet, salty and all of that, and is generally described as savoury. For this expression from The Japanese Bitters range, Japanese botanicals,…  More info

The Japanese Bitters - Umami
$41.52

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters

5cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Like chefs arm themselves with spices to create masterful meals, bartenders arm themselves with bitters to perfectly season cocktails. The Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters wouldn't look out of place in…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cumin Bitters
$11.87

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

The Bittermens chaps over in the USA were inspired by cream sodas and phosphates you might find in soda shops of old for their Orange Cream Citrate Bitters, which are more intensely sour and sweet,…  More info

Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate Bitters
$20.28

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Single botanical bitters from Canada's Ms. Better's collection - this time based around the tantalising tastes of lime leaf. Ought to add an earthy complexity to a Gimlet...  More info

Ms. Better's Lime Leaf Bitters
$22.43

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

These Cocoa Bitters from the Bitter Bastards range won't make your drinks taste like you've been slapped in the face with one of those hilariously oversized 1kg chocolate bars which were so popular…  More info

Bitter Bastards Cocoa Bitters 10cl
$16.65

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Add an exotic depth and bitterness to your cocktails with these Kola Bitters. Paired with a good rum and maybe some tropical fruits, you'll have yourself a definite winner. The Bitter Bastards…  More info

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters
$11.87

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
$16.93

Bob's Autumn Bitters

10cl, 31.5%
Bob's Bitters

Bob's Bitters went and released a seasonal range of bitters, and this here is the Autumn expression! Rather than focusing on a single ingredient, it focuses on bottling the season instead, so this…  More info

Bob's Autumn Bitters
$21.78

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
$15.45

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

While you may often find gentian being used as a bittering agent alongside other ingredients, this bitters gentian centre stage! This is a 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters, made using…  More info

Bitter Bastards Gentian Bitters 10cl
$16.65

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
$23.80

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Riesling - Quince

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Ooh, bitters from the folks behind Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin in Germany. These bitters have a rather intriguing flavour profile - Riesling and Quince! If you remember, the Saar Dry Gin is also made…  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Riesling - Quince
$22.36

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters 10cl

10cl, 40%
Bitter Bastards

Some rather delicious bitters from the Bitter Bastards range, with the exotic Kola nut! The whole range is made with standardisation of flavour (meaning you should be able to standardise the…  More info

Bitter Bastards Kola Bitters 10cl
$16.65

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters 10cl

10cl, 49.5%
Bitter Bastards

A 10cl bottle of Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters, made using specially selected spirit, rapid-maceration and centrifugal extraction, creating some spectacular cocktail 'seasoning'. We all know…  More info

Bitter Bastards Frankincense Bitters 10cl
$17.84

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl

15cl, 1.3%
Fee Brothers

You're probably not going to get one of your five a day from the Fee Brothers Celery Bitters, especially since you'll only need to add a dash or two to give your drinks some complex, bitter-sweet and…  More info

Fee Brothers Celery Bitters 15cl
$13.11

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
$23.80

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters

5cl, 41%
Dashfire

This is arguably Dashfire's signature product, and it's not hard to see why. As Minnesota’s first (and only) barrel-aged bitters, the Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters are made by…  More info

Dashfire Vintage Orange & Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitters
$23.75

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