Bitters

Words by Simon Difford

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Bitters are alcoholic beverages prepared with herbs, spices, roots, fruits and peels infused in alcohol or glycerin. Popular ingredients include gentian, quinine and orange peel. As the name suggests, they typically have a bitter or bittersweet flavor. The original bitters were medieval therapeutic drinks and throughout the ages bitters were marketed as an elixir.

Though bitters are essential ingredients in a good proportion of the world's classic cocktails, they are usually the smallest bottles on a bar and poured in the smallest quantities.

Though brands such as Angostura and Peychaud's now predominate, historically bars would produce their own bitters and many bartenders are once again making their own signature bitters.

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Abbott's Bitters image

Abbott's Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 50

Difford's Margarita Bitters image

Difford's Margarita Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 33.5

Difford's Daiquiri Bitters image

Difford's Daiquiri Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 37.7

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters image

Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 9

Bob's Ginger Bitters image

Bob's Ginger Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 35

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters image

The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 42.1

Angostura Aromatic Bitters image

Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 44.7

Mozart Chocolate Bitters image

Mozart Chocolate Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 40

Bob's Chocolate Bitters image

Bob's Chocolate Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 30

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters image

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 45

Reyka Bitters image

Reyka Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 40

Regans' Orange Bitters No.6 image

Regans' Orange Bitters No.6

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 45

Suze Orange Bitters image

Suze Orange Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 45

Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters image

Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 46

Electric Bitter image

Electric Bitter

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 60

The Bitter Truth Roots Drops and Dashes image

The Bitter Truth Roots Drops and Dashes

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 42

The Bitter Truth Nut Drops and Dashes image

The Bitter Truth Nut Drops and Dashes

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 42

The Bitter Truth Blossom Drops and Dashes image

The Bitter Truth Blossom Drops and Dashes

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 42

Peychaud's Bitters image

Peychaud's Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 35

Cocktail Kingdom Wormwood Bitters image

Cocktail Kingdom Wormwood Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 39.6

Cocktail Kingdom Trader Tiki Falernum Bitters image

Cocktail Kingdom Trader Tiki Falernum Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 39.4

Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters image

Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Aphrodite Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 38

The Bitter Truth Thomas Henry Tonic Bitters image

The Bitter Truth Thomas Henry Tonic Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 43

Angostura Orange Bitters image

Angostura Orange Bitters

Category: Spirits
Sub category: Bitters & aromatics
alc./vol: 28

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