Updated October 19, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 10 Best Bitters

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in June of 2018. Whether you're an amateur mixologist experimenting with new recipes, a casual drinker looking to add some nuance to your nightcap, or the owner of a bar or pub, you're missing out if you haven't yet added the rich complexity of bitters to your inventory. Our list is comprised of a wide array of delicious options derived from herbs, botanicals, nuts, fruits, and even chocolate. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best bitter on Amazon.

10. Fee Brothers

9. Woodford Reserve Chocolate Barrel Aged

8. Peychaud’s Aromatic

7. Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit

6. Angostura Orange

5. Scrappy’s Lavender

4. Bitter End Mexican Mole

3. Fee Brothers Black Walnut

2. Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry

1. Angostura Aromatic

Editor's Notes

October 03, 2019:

We evaluated the traditional aromatic bitters that are required for a real Manhattan or Old Fashioned, and included the best on this list. You'll probably find a bottle of Angostura Aromatic in just about any bar so it's a great choice for those looking to re-create a favorite drink you had in a bar.

Peychaud's Aromatic is known for being a key ingredient in a well-made Sazerac. As an aromatic it's infused with a slight sweetness that makes it distinctive from the Angostura.

Along with some popular citrus, herbal, and even chocolate choices, to accent favorite recipes, we also included the Bitter End Mexican Mole for some more adventurous mixologists. It adds a spicy kick to drinks but it's not all about the heat, there's complex cocoa and spices in there as well.


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on October 19, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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