The Bitter Truth

Originally, cocktail bitters were the ingredient that distinguished cocktails from other categories of beverages such as Toddies, Slings, Fizzes, Sours or Punches. For decades, they were an essential component of good cocktail creations. The start of prohibition curtailed consumers' drinking habits and cocktail bitters almost sank into oblivion. Only a few brands survived that period, but even after that, not all of them managed to reestablish themselves in the new market. Angostura Bitters alone held their ground.

For some time now, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of cocktail bitters on an international level, which are considered to be the spice rack for your bar. Since 2006, the German company The Bitter Truth has been doing its share to contribute to this development. It all started during a stay in London during the Bar Show BAR '06 in June 2006. At that show, Munich bartenders Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck gave birth to the idea of producing and distributing cocktail bitters, as they were hard to find in Germany and of inferior quality. Both of them had already gained a considerable amount of experience in producing handmade cocktail bitters for the bars they were working at. In addition, Stephan owned a large collection of current and historical bitters, some of which hadn't been produced for decades. Thus, he knew how the most well-known bitters of the world tasted and was considered a specialist in this area.
Their criteria for the choice of flavors was mainly provided by old cocktail recipes that could no longer be mixed true to the original because one crucial ingredient had been missing – the correct bitters.

In August 2006, the first products from The Bitter Truth were released: an Orange Bitters and an Old Time Aromatic Bitters. Shortly after that, a Lemon Bitters was released. Since then additional flavors have been added to the range: Jerry Thomas Bitters, Creole Bitters, Celery Bitters, Grapefruit Bitters, Chocolate Bitters, Tonic Bitters, Peach Bitters and Cucumber Bitters. The much loved The Bitter Truth Bitters Travel Pack holds 5 different flavors in a convenient size of 100ml/3 oz suitable for hand luggage. Orange Flower Water & Rose Water, two distilled waters round out the offerings of The Bitter Truth. In addition, The Bitter Truth has released a range of fine liqueurs & flavoured spirits such as Apricot Liqueur, Violet Liqueur, Elderflower Liqueur, Golden Falernum, Pimento Dram & Pink Gin. E**X**R, a bitter liqueur in the grand tradition of the Alps was added to the range to make the bridge between the bitters and the liqueur range.

At Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans 2010 The Bitter Truths Celery Bitters took away the top price for "Best New Product". Since then the number of awards for The Bitter Truth products keeps on growing and you can see an uptodate list of all awards here.

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The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram Allspice
"The Pimento Dram is derived from the pimento (allspice) berry. The Pimento Dram has a chocolate-brown color. It is sweet, spicy and very intense. Clove initially presents itself in the foreground, fading into the pure flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper which linger on the tongue."
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Bitter Truth 'Orange' 78prf 200ml
" The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters are a combination of bitter orange peel and several herbs and spices that have been macerated in alcohol. On the palate, the initial sweet fruit flavors are quickly replaced with bitter orange, cardamom, caraway and nutmeg. The first orange bitters were released in
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Bitter Truth 'Traveler's Set' 5pk Bitters 100ml
" Now available in the USA, The Bitter Truth Traveler's Set consists of bottles of The Bitter Truth's Celery Bitters, Orange Bitters, Creole Bitters, Old Time Aromatic Bitters and Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters. While it's the perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur, the Traveler's Set is also
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Bitter Truth 'Old Time' Aromatic Bitters 200ml NV
"Bitter orange peel, sweet orange peel, angelica, angostura bark, cardamom, staranis, cassia, cloves,and gentian are mazerated in natural grain spirit for 4 weeks. The liquid is than strained off, diluted to the required strength, sweetened, filtered and bottled. Strong and aromatic flavors form
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The Bitter Truth 'Violette'
"The Bitter Truth Violette Liqueur is made from wild violet blossoms that grow in the Alps which are then added to the finest grain spirit. It captures the delicate and elegant flavors of this fragile flower in a very impressive way. This liqueur which has a luminous violet color, captures the

The Bitter Truth 'Apricot'
"The Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy combines the juice of sun-ripened apricots from Klosterneuburg with an apricot schnapps that was distilled from the same fruit. The distinctive fruitiness and reduced sugar content of this apricot brandy is captivating, and is indispensible in many classic and modern

The Bitter Truth 'Lemon' Lemon Bitters 78 prf 200ml
"Lemon oil, lemon peel, cardamom, caraway, coriander, and gentian are mazerated in natural grain spirit for 4 weeks. The liquid is than strained off, diluted to the required strength, filtered and bottled. Fresh and fruity-tangy in the nose with an intense citrus note. It is bitter to the taste

The Bitter Truth 'Grapefruit' Grapefruit 88prf 200ml
" Bright, complex citrus. A dominant grapefruit aroma and flavor mellows into the vegetal green flavors of hops. A great bitter for citrus-heavy drinks that may otherwise feel dull or overly sweet. Grapefruit meets with hops to create a fresh, bright citrus note. Best friends with gin and tequila,

The Bitter Truth 'Celery' Celery Bitters 88 prf 200ml
"Celery seed oil, lemongrass oil, cardamom, bitter orange peel, ginger, angostura bark, and allspice are mazerated in natural grain spirit for 4 weeks. The liquid is than strained off, diluted to the required strength, filtered and bottled. Flavors of celery, lemongrass, soft notes of ginger and

The Bitter Truth 'Orange' Orange 78 prf 200ml
"Orange oil, bitter orange peel, cardamom, caraway, and coriander are mazerated in natural grain spirit for 4 weeks. The liquid is than strained off, diluted to the required strength, sweetened, filtered and bottled. Exhibits a full aroma of bitter orange peel. It is fruity and tastily bitter at

The Bitter Truth 'Chocolate' Xocolatl Mole 88 prf 200ml
"These bitters blur the lines between old world bitters and new world flavors and play exceptionally well with tequila, aged rum, sweet vermouth and most brown spirits. Add a dash to a Manhattan to start exploring its complex flavor or use in a tequila old fashioned to bring forward the spirit's