The last few years have seen a phenomenal surge of interest in what was previously a lost category: cocktail bitters are intensely concentrated concoctions designed so that just a few drops can hugely enhance the flavour of the libation to which they are added. This is now a thriving category with new products appearing constantly.
The craze for more varieties of bitters shows no sign of abating (hurrah!). These Creole bitters from the fanatics at The Bitter Truth look set to continue the revival of a bartending tradition that looked dead and buried a few years ago.
Bitter Truth's chocolate bitters blur the lines between old world bitters and new world flavors. They play exceptionally well with tequila, aged rum, sweet vermouth and most brown spirits. Add a dash to a Manhattan to start exploring its complex flavour or use in a Tequila Old Fashioned to bring forward the spirit’s vegetal flavors.
German producers The Bitter Truth have created these Thomas Henry bitters especially for G&Ts. Thomas Henry was the creator of carbonated water and these bitters are named in his honour. The botanicals include Sicilian lemon, orange, grapefruit, juniper and coriander - many of the same botanicals one finds in gin.
Another slightly crazy bitters from the minds of Fee Brothers - an orange bitters aged in barrels that were previously used to mature Ransom Gin, adding in some piney juniper and gin botanical notes to the mix.
What a brilliant idea - a set of tiny 2cl bottles of five different flavours from Bitter Truth's range, including Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter, Celery, Creole, Orange and Aromatic bitters. Perfect for pepping up a dull drink in a bar or at a party.
A pimento bitters designed by King Cocktail himself, Dale Degroff, and made by Ted Breaux and the folks behind Jade Absinthe. The 'pimento' of the name is often referred to as Allspice and the bitters are a great substitute for Peychaud's in a Sazerac.
A pickle inspired shrub with its feet firmly planted in the Lower East Side of New York City. A mixture of vinegar, alcohol, celery, ginger, apple and more, concentrated ready for adding to cocktails by the drop.