Finally sipping a true blue lemon, lime and bitters has become a reality with the introduction of Mister Bitters – the anthropomorphic incarnation of Australia’s first dedicated bitters company. Originally invented for their medicinal properties, there have been countless bitters flavours over the centuries, however many local drinkers may only recognise one, orange bitters. Even today, some brave souls will drink the potent elixir it as straight-up digestive, however I prefer just a few drops to enhance a mixed drink, like a spritz of cologne to complete an outfit.
After two years of brain-storming and experimenting the team behind Lily Blacks – who already possess a large collection of exotic varieties – are leading a bespoke bitters renaissance of sorts with a trio of initial flavours. Fig & Cinnamon, Honeyed Apricot & Smoked Hickory, Pink Grapefruit and Agave (developed in collaboration with Tromba to play especially well with tequila in margaritas) bitters are wrapped in beautiful botanical artwork by the creative wife of one of the brains behind the brand.
Mister Bitters provides the perfect excuse to expand your bitters universe beyond good old Angostura in the classic Champagne Cocktail, Old Fashioned or. Get a dash at the bar of Lily Blacks – try Mister Bitters in the sublime ‘Smoke from Stone’ cocktail or the crowd-pleasing ‘Sinnerman’ – or add them to your home bar via Only Bitters.