Where to buy bitters

Where to buy bitters - Your Ultimate Guide

By Timo Torner / Last updated on October 27, 2022 

First published on October 12, 2022 

The selection of cocktail bitters to buy has never been broader. Besides old and renowned labels like Angostura, there are more and more brands on the shelves of supermarkets and online stores.

Aromatic cocktail bitters are a vital part of cocktails and the field of mixology. With the renaissance of craft cocktail bars, the lineup of bitters drastically expanded and improved. That gives you a great selection but, at the same time, makes it more complicated to buy bitters.

Not every store, online or offline, has the same brands available. And if you want to stock up your home bar with a specific bottle of bitters, finding the right place to shop them can be tricky.

Over time our directory of stores to purchase bitters and other cocktail-related things evolved. So we want to share our sources for the best cocktail bitters with you.

So, what's the best way to buy cocktail bitters?

This question was a lot quicker to answer at times when Angostura and Peychaud were the two main bitters brands used for cocktails. 

But as the number of brands producing bitters and the selection increases, it gets harder to find great places to shop for these aromatic cocktail ingredients.

cocktail bitters bottles

The good news is that if you only want to stock up on regular Angostura bitters, you can find them in many standard grocery stores. 

But once you look for more fancy products like Tiki bitters, Xocolatl mole bitters, and the like, you need to find specialty stores.

To say it upfront, buying online is your best prospect. However, as not everyone wants to shop on the internet, I want to address different options:

Don't feel like ordering online?

Then the best places to buy cocktail bitters are probably liquor stores. Especially larger ones that also carry other rare cocktail ingredients like imported liqueurs. But also regular supermarkets can be sources of bitters.

When living in the US, you can buy cocktail bitters in ordinary grocery stores. Yet, there are some places that have a better selection than others. The best stores are:

  • Whole Foods
  • Kroger
  • Publix
  • Wegmans

Where to find bitters in a grocery store

Not every grocery store carries cocktail bitters, but the ones that mostly do put them somewhere in or close to the liquor section.

Check the first or last aisles of the areas and look for other secondary cocktail ingredients like syrups.

bitters in grocery store

The selection often is limited to classics like Angostura and Peychaud's bitters. Smaller brands like Fee Brothers, Scrappy's bitters, and Bittermen's are harder to find.

For these, you probably have to check out larger liquor stores or buy them online. Read on to find out where.

Prefer buying online?

There are plenty of shops that offer a wide range of bitters. They are geographically sorted to make it easy for you to find your perfect store.

Buy aromatic cocktail bitters online in the USA

Buying bitters in Canada

Worldwide

The most popular brands

Angostura

Angostura bitters are the most popular and also most-sold aromatic cocktail bitters. A few drops of these highly concentrated aromatic bitters can change the taste of a cocktail dramatically.

In rare cases, Angostura bitters even build the base spirit of a cocktail like in an Angostura Colada or a Trinidad Sour.

Amargo Chuncho bitters

Amargo Chuncho only offers one single kind of cocktail bitters. Yet, as this is the traditional choice to round off a classic Pisco Sour, they are a practical addition to your home bar.

The bitters include a list of 30 ingredients and age in barrels for up to 6 months before bottling.

Apothecary bitters

Apothecary bitters is a relatively small and new brand from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Their lineup includes fun and unique flavors like Cacao Coffee bitters, Conifer berry bitters, and Barrel-aged Orange bitters.

Bittermen's

Bittermen's produces some of my favorite cocktail bitters. Their Elemakule Tiki bitters or Xocolatl Mole bitters are excellent bitters for Old Fashioned cocktails. 

But they have plenty more exquisite options like their Hellfire Habanero shrubWinter Melon bitters, and Herbal Honey bitters.

Fee Brothers

The brand Fee Brothers is rather old and has been producing cocktail ingredients since the 1800s.

They have an excellent selection of cocktail bitters ranging from barrel-aged bitters to black walnut bitters to some limited edition bitters.

Hella bitters

Hella Cocktail Co. produces some excellent cocktail bitters with flavorings like Eucalyptus, ginger, apple blossoms, and smoked chili.

Lately, the NYC-based company also started selling canned drinks with pre-mixed bitters and soda.

Peychaud's

After Angostura, Peychaud's is probably the best known and most sold bitters brand. Originating in New Orleans, these bitters are a key ingredient in classic drinks like the Sazerac and Vieux Carré.

Further, Peychaud's bitters work excellently in combination with Scotch Whisky.

Scrappy's

Scrappy's Bitters is a Seattle-based company founded in 2009. Miles Thomas started the brand and quickly turned it into one of the most renowned bitters brands.

Their Orleans bitters are one of the best substitutes for Peychaud's bitters, and also other options like their celery or lavender bitters are worth a try.

The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth is a brand from Germany that not only produces excellent bitters but also makes spirits and liqueurs. Their cocktail bitters lineup includes extraordinary flavors like olive, celery, tonic, and cucumber.

FAQs

Where to buy bitters near me?

When you look for regular aromatic bitters like Angostura or Peychaud, you should check your local grocery store. For more exotic flavors, shopping online is your best bet.

Where Can You Buy Peychaud’s Bitters?

Larger grocery stores and well-stocked liquor stores often carry Peychaud's bitters. If you can't find them there, you can order them online at one of our recommended stores.

Where Can You Buy Orange Bitters?

You may be lucky to find orange bitters in your grocery store. Looking in a liquor store or a specialized online shop is more likely to offer them, though.

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