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.
A classically inspired vinegar based shrub, fortified with alcohol, infused with habenero chillis and spices, and then concentrated so that it can be used like bitters - one drop at a time. The perfect way to spice up a cocktail without ruining its balance.
Bar Keep Bitters are produced through a collaboration between Greenbar Distillery and American bartenders. These are their aromatic Chinese bitters, their take on five-spice to add a warming character to brown sprit-based cocktails.
Bar Keep Bitters are produced through a collaboration between Greenbar Distillery and American bartenders. These are their aromatic Swedish herb bitters, made using over 12 ingredients and inspired by a 16th century medical remedy.
A grapefruit bitters with a twist - playing on the grapefruity nature of many hop varieties, this has high alpha-acid (the bitter bit) hop and grapefruit peel as part of the mix to give a big vegetal bitterness.
An interesting mix of hibiscus, açai berry and long pepper, Bittermen's Burlesque bitters is excellent with white spirit based drinks - genever, pisco, gin. They suggest that it spices up a negroni rather well...
An interesting take on the idea of orangey drinks additives, shunning their usual bitter take on things to make a creamy orange tincture fortified with citric acid to make a sweet and sour cocktail flavouring with lots of fresh orange flavour.