Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

Bob uses sweet South African oranges along with dried mandarin skin for a little extra complexity.

Difford’s Guide is widely considered the authority on global cocktail culture. Mr Simon Difford of the aforementioned guide suggested a bittersweet orange bitters would be an interesting addition to the range.

Bob’s approach was to add dried mandarin skin for aromas of freshly scratched zest, notes of caramelised bitter orange and just the suggestion of spice.

From a culinary perspective…

Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters adds a zingy magic to the Snow Queen Martini.

Snow Queen Martini


  • Martini Glass
  • 40ml Snow Queen vodka
  • 20ml Lillet blanc
  • 15ml Mandarin Napoleon
  • Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters


Stir and strain into chilled coupe, garnish with zested lemon twist.

Bob also recommends adding a jigger of Orange & Mandarin Bitters to homemade sorbets or splash into softly whipped cream to give a lift to all sorts of desserts.

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Reviews for Bob’s Orange & Mandarin Bitters

…the flavour is versatile and will nicely complement the herbal and floral components of a gin cocktail, or even a bubbly flute of champagne and elderflower syrup.

This bitter has a juicy effect on the palate and the multi dimensional flavor develops only later. Therefore, the Orange & Mandarin Bitter is rarely noticeable on the surface flavor of a cocktail, but rather its herbal, bloomy tones develop only later making it an excellent accompaniment to bubbly champagne or gin cocktails, for example.


Aromas of freshly scratched mandarin zest with the bittersweet flavour of caramelised Seville oranges and a trace of warming spice. A bitter zest finish that lingers.

Simon Difford