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.
Wildly popular grapefruit bitters from bespoke producer Bob. Bob's Bitters focus on creating concentrated individual flavours to create an intense essence of each specific aromatic, eschewing the normal practice of using lots of different ingredients. These grapefruit ones are meant to be amazing with tequila or white rum.
Another excellent addition to The Bitter Truth's ever-expanding stable of essential cocktail ingredients, these grapefruit bitters have been produced in collaboration with the American specialist bitters producers Bittermens.
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.
A cordial liqueur from the folks at Bittermens, the Commonwealth is a concentrated form of tonic water, ready for lengthening with soda water. For a more interesting twist on the idea of a G&T leave out the soda water to make a Gin & Tonic Turbo, as popularised by the folks at Purl...
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.