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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 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
$26.46

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
$15.66

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
$17.89

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

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
$26.46

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
$26.46

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
$15.66

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
$8.43

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
$15.70

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
$16.82

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
$31.83

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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