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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 Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

15cl, 53%
Bittermens

Extraordinary bitters, Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters are made with grapefruit essences and peels, hops for bitterness, and bottled at 53% abv. We recommend these be used in cocktails such as…  More info

Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
$15.45

Angostura Orange Bitters

10cl, 28%
Angostura

Although they have only been around since 2007, Angostura’s Orange Bitters are only the second expression to have made an appearance since the original bitters were released in 1824! It blends…  More info

Angostura Orange Bitters
$10.18

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

Inspired by the popular Belarusian tipple known as Krupnik, the chaps at Bittermens have created some cocktail bitters featuring ingredients along the lines of black tea, pine, juniper and honey,…  More info

Bittermens Krupnik Herbal Honey Bitters
$17.24

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Strawberry and pepper - a timeless though always surprising combination. The Ms. Better's folks have combined notes of fresh green strawberries and Mah Kwan pepper in these richly aromatic cocktail…  More info

Ms. Better's Green Strawberry Mah Kwan Bitters
$25.65

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
$15.45

Bitter Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters

10cl, 50%
Bitter Queens

Check out this Chinese 5-Spice Bitters from Bitter Queens! With spicy pepper, star anise, and a warming, bitter profile, it'll add an interesting layer to all manner of cocktails. Ideal if you're…  More info

Bitter Queens Chinese 5-Spice Bitters
$26.19

The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Old Time Aromatic Bitters are some astonishing bitters from the Bitter Truth. These work brilliantly in whisky and rum cocktails and add superb, spicy complexity.  More info

The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters
$15.45

Ms. Better's Tonic Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

These interesting bitters from Ms. Better's can bring the subtle cinchona flavours of tonic water to your drinks without all the other elements that come with it. Should be very useful for bartenders.  More info

Ms. Better's Tonic Bitters
$29.95

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters

20cl, 44%
The Bitter Truth

Fantastic chocolate bitters from Germany courtesy of The Bitter Truth. Try adding a dash into a cocktail that uses a rich whisky for some tremendous added depth.  More info

The Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters
$15.48

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger

15cl, 45%
Bittermens

The Bittermans Buckspice Ginger Bitters pack quite a kick indeed. They pair excellent with whiskey and rum, and the producers say that a few drops added to a Moscow Mule is a rather fantastic idea…  More info

Bittermens Buckspice Ginger
$17.24

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme

10cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Rubinette-Apple-and-Lemon-Thyme-favoured bitters the spectacularly titled Bitters Sweet Symphony range made by the German producers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin. Top stuff for experimental bartenders.  More info

Ferdinand's Bitters Sweet Symphony Rubinette Apple - Lemon Thyme
$23.80

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack

10cl, 40.8%
The Bitter Truth

A stylish set of five Bitter Truth cocktail bitters, presented in 20ml bottles in a tin box. This set includes a 20ml bottle of each of the following - The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters (43% ABV), The…  More info

The Bitter Truth Bar Pack
$15.97

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Perfectly crafted orange bitters, these Orange Bitters from Bitter Truth are essential in a good Old Fashioned Cocktail. Loads of zesty, spicy flavour!  More info

The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
$15.49

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

15cl, 44%
Bittermens

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub was partially inspired by a pickle seller in New York, partially inspired by a vintage soda which was made with celery and partially inspired by picklebacks.…  More info

Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub
$15.98

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Refreshing though subtly oak-y bitters from Ms. Better's selection in Canada. These go brilliantly in gin-based drinks, boosting the pine-y juniper elements gracefully.  More info

Ms. Better's Cypress Bowl Bitters
$23.15

Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Taste the flavours of Japan by way of Canada. Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters take inspiration from the crops you can find at the base of famous mountain, featuring ingredients including White Peach,…  More info

Ms. Better's Mt. Fuji Bitters
$22.49
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B'Lure Butterfly Pea Extract

10cl, 0%
B'Lure

This right here is the world's first produced commercial butterfly pea flower extract - and why not?! This bright blue concentrated extract from the butterfly pea flower is the perfect and…  More info

B'Lure Butterfly Pea Extract
$12.53

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Stunning Creole bitters from the Bitter Truth. Creole Bitters reflects the intense, rich style of good from Louisiana, vaguely similar to Cajun food, which sprung from meeting of many cultures…  More info

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
$15.49

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl

15cl, 4.1%
Fee Brothers

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle, in this case) - tastes like cranberry with a good helping of bitterness. Sure, you could add it to a Cosmopolitan for…  More info

Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters 15cl
$14.65

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters

1cl, 12%
The Antique Bitters Company

These Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters are thought to originate from the 1890s or 1900s, although no definitive record of their production, ingredients or method of manufacture can be found,…  More info

Robinson and Payne Orange Bitters
$23.80

Bob's Summer Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Bob's Bitters has gone seasonal with this addition to the range. Whereas many bitters from the brand are made to focus on a single botanical, this has been made for the warm months when refreshing…  More info

Bob's Summer Bitters
$21.78

Ms. Better's Trans Canada Bitters

12cl, 40%
Ms. Better's

Exploring the scents and aromas you'd encounter on a Canadian road trip, journeying from east to west, this fabulous addition to the range of Ms. Better's Bitters will make a unique addition to any…  More info

Ms. Better's Trans Canada Bitters
$27.21

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters

10cl, 35%
Bob's Bitters

Intensely refreshing and subtly spicy Peppermint Bitters from the Bob's Bitters selection. We reckon these will work well in gin cocktails, but might also make for a good ingredient in cooking and…  More info

Bob’s Peppermint Bitters
$14.12

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

20cl, 39%
The Bitter Truth

Savoury drinks are very much "a thing" - in fact, we'd go so far as to say they are "an awesome thing". It's the truth, and The Bitter Truth folks believe so too. They've even come up with their very…  More info

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
$17.17

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters

5cl, 75%
Bitter Bastards

Angelica might sound all angelic and whatnot, but don't be fooled - it can be a right bitter bastard too! These cocktail bitters are made with intense angelica root, specially selected spirit,…  More info

Bitter Bastards Angelica Bitters
$11.87

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