The Bitter Taste of the Holidays? Don't say that like it's a bad thing!

Whether you're looking to stock your bar for the holidays in a way that prepares you for every taste and any eventuality or you're looking for the perfect gift for the budding mixologist in your life, may we recommend something from our own well-stocked section of cocktail bitters.

Originally developed as medicines, tonics and digestifs, bitters have found their rightful place behind the bar and come in both alcohol-based and glycerin-based formulas representing a wide variety of flavours to add that certain something to cocktails and even some other kinds of recipes. For example, you can't really claim to have made a proper Manhattan or Toronto cocktail without the inclusion of bitters. Or try this: add a few drops of Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters to a glass of cava or prosecco to add a note of creaminess to the experience!

And if you're looking for a great Christmas gift bundle for a budding bartender - let us help you put together a selection of essential bitters and a couple of bar tools. Then, head one block up Roncy to Another Story Bookshop and ask for a copy of Brad Thomas Parsons' Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas.

Talk about Christmas cheers!

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