20 September 2021
Introducing Difford’s Falernum Liquer
“We chat a lot with our mate Bob (of Bitters fame) and we got talking about what a great falernum should taste like. Weeks passed (as we sampled numerous brands) before we decided to make our own so we could enjoy falernum just like we want it to be - flavoursome, assertive but not overly spiced. Then we turned to Dan who designed a suitably ‘tropical’ label. Rum-based, our falernum has the traditional lime oils and warm spices such as clove but with two additional ‘secret’ botanical extracts that we think make it rather special. Difford’s Falernum clocks a moderate 18% on Bob’s trusty alcohol meter and he nailed the target 40 Brix sweetness.” ~ Difford’s Guide
Buy online and Falernum-based cocktail recipes
03 March 2021
Bob’s Bitters are used in two of the four new premium cocktails-in-a-can from Moth Drinks
Moth Drinks: The Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, Negroni and the Margarita
Buy Moth Drinks online at www.waitrose.com
23 November 2020
Bob’s Bitters and D.R.Harris are delighted to re-introduce their famous ‘morning reviver,’ The Original Pick-Me-Up, in a reimagined form as a Cocktail Bitters. The previous version of Pick-Me-Up which was served as a hangover cure at 29 St. James’s Street from the 1860s up until the early 2000s was a tonic and as such this bitters follows a very similar formula.
“Interest has remained in the Pick-Me-Up and long-term customers often asked about a possible revival. Having looked at many different alternatives over the years and working closely with our friends at The Beaumont Hotel and Bob Petrie of Bob’s Bitters we are delighted to relaunch the Original Pick-Me-Up as a Cocktail Bitters.” ~ D.R. Harris
More info: originalpickmeup.co.uk
Buy online: www.drharris.co.uk
21 September 2020
In the Loop Drinks new product Negroni Cocktail Box includes their No. 3 rosé Sussex Vermouth, Generation Distiller’s Sussex dry gin and Bob’s Bitters Orange & Mandarin.
The Negroni Cocktail Box is available to purchase online from In the Loop Drinks’ website
21 September 2020
Purl London’s new range of bottled cocktails includes Bob’s Daiquiri and Bob’s Margarita Bitters in “Mojito like no others” and “Pink Dove”
Place your order online and pay at the bar on collection here
02 September 2020
“Bitters are something of the salt and pepper of the cocktail world, but beyond Angostura and Peychaud, what’s the deal? We grabbed a minute with Bob Petrie of Bob’s Bitters to chat about the tasty, boozy seasonings.”
Read Master of Malt’s blog profile of Bob’s Bitters here
23 July 2020
Crafted exclusively for Fortnum’s by Bob’s Bitters: “this artisanal elixir is infused with raw mountain honey and five distinct Fortnum’s teas, alongside a classic aromatic bitter base.
Lapsang Souchong, Formosa, Chai Spice, Ceylon and Honey Tea blend with a rich and nutty wild honey, sourced from the beautiful and unspoiled Galician peaks in Northeast Spain.
Just a few drops – we recommend two or three – from the built-in pipette will transform your cocktail or soft drink of choice. Whether that be an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Whisky Sour, Breakfast Martini, or even the more traditional Lemon Lime Bitters.
Buy online at Fortnum & Mason here
03 June 2020
Top Trending Brands. Drinks International “Annual Brands Report 2020” p.37
08 January 2020
Wine writer Jonathan Reeve profiles the various alcohol-free and alcohol-reduced drinks available in his feature: “How to Abstain” published on www.jancisrobinson.com
“Bitters are a great way to instantly jazz up various drinks without resorting to booze. Three dashes of bitters will add negligible alcohol to a drink, but stacks of flavour and intrigue. Three dashes of bitters in 300 ml of tonic water creates an excellent drink with about 0.25% alcohol.”
“Angostura is the everyday/famous bitters, but Bob’s are better.Definitely seek these out. They’re hand-made in small batches, and available internationally. Bob makes incredibly pure cardamon bitters, and also grapefruit. Both of these are great for mixing Gunners, and any number of other interesting drinks.”
Read the full article here: www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/how-abstain
13 September 2019
Buveur’s small batch, bottled cocktails are now available in Selfridge’s food halls and Selfridge’s online. Bob’s Bitters’ Abbotts, Chocolate, Orange & Mandarin flavours are used as ingredients in Buveur’s product range.
25 July 2019
Bob recently participated in a masterclass tasting of his bitters, together with other brands, organised by the Onestigroup S.p.A. distributor. Feedback was very positive!
31 January 2019
“It struck me that some classic cocktails, particularly the Daiquiri and Margarita lack the extra complexity that bitters might add.” - Simon Difford
Read Simon Difford’s full story behind this collaboration
Donation to The Benevolent
For every bottle sold, Bob’s Bitters will donate £1 to The Benevolent Drinks Industry Charity
View 3 cocktails with Difford’s Daiquiri Bitters
Links to review & tasting notes and to purchase:
Difford’s Daiquiri Bitters by Bob’s Bitters
Difford’s Margarita Bitters by Bob’s Bitters
22 January 2019
Top Trending Brands. Drinks International “Annual Brands Report 2019” p.32
31 October 2018
In “Travel Man: 48 Hours in Milan” Channel 4, first shown: 1 Oct 2018, Richard Ayoade and comedian Morgana Robinson tour Milan, taking in paintings, a musical pasta-making lesson, and cocktails at Backdoor 43, the smallest bar in the world with a maximum capacity of 4 people.
06 August 2018
Bob’s Bitters feature in several recipes in Matt Whiley’s new book The Modern Cocktail published by Jacqui Small.
In an introductory quote, Michael O’Hare, of The Man Behind The Curtain restaurant said: “People who don’t like cocktails like Matt’s drinks and people who don’t like bartenders like Matt. He is creative, intelligent and driven and it’s those qualities that make him the best in the country.”
In Matt’s cocktail recipe for “Turkish Coffee” (Raki) p.191,“It is basically an espresso martini” he uses Bob’s Cardamon Bitters.
For the recipe “Lack of Faith” (Tequila) p.184, “One of my bar staff was really keen to make a drink using roasted artichokes” Matt used Bob’s Vanilla Bitters.
In the “Perfect Martini” recipe, p.112, Matt writes: “A ‘perfect’ Manhattan has an even mixture of sweet and dry vermouth alongside the bourbon, and I wanted to think about how you could create a martini in the same way.” Matt’s “Perfect Martini” used Bob’s Orange and Mandarin Bitters.
For everything Matt Whiley see: www.talentedmrfox.com
Buy The Modern Cocktail on Amazon UK.
27 July 2018
Bob’s Chocolate Bitters included in CabinSpaces.com “Coolest Artisan Products” feature
16 November 2017
Bob’s Bitters were delighted with the successful launch of a limited edition of Bob’s Four Seasons Bitters during 2017.
16 November 2017
We’ve simplified our label which now includes a barcode plus social media icons for Instagram and Twitter.
16 November 2017
Bob’s Lavender Bitters features in a cocktail “Created by Sevi Marshall from The Strait and Narrow in Lincoln for our Gold Top Cocktail competition 2016 final. Sevi impressed everyone with her confident delivery and superb drink… she only missed the winner’s cup by a cows whisker!”
For full recipe see: www.blackcow.co.uk/drink-me/2016/8/7/eventide
18 May 2014
Award-winning food writer Christopher Hirst investigates the recent rise in popularity of bitters.
If you happen to have visited a cocktail bar recently, you might have noticed that the forest of spirits has been augmented by a sapling colony of much smaller bottles, often decorated with ornate, old-fashioned labels. These are cocktail bitters, customarily added in minute quantities – usually a drop or two – but making a disproportionate contribution in terms of flavour and aftertaste. In the past year or two, such potent tinctures have become must-have ingredients for top-end bartenders.
Read the full article on the Independent website.
25 November 2013
The BBC Food website investigate bitters and talk to Bob about his range of single flavours:
Bob Petrie came up with Bob’s Bitters - a range of single flavours, when the Dorchester hotel in London wanted to develop a range.
“The idea was to create ‘The Gin Experience’ serving gin with a selection of bespoke bitters. I took the idea further, making single flavoured bitters with the botanicals used in the flavour profile of gin, e.g. cardamom, ginger, liquorice,” he says.
“I enjoy a cocktail, but am not really a drinker, so I see it more as a culinary point of view,” he says.
“Palates are changing - mine aren’t as bitter as others in the market, as they are single flavours, so people like the idea of adding and mixing those with control,” he says.
Read the full article on the BBC website.
19 December 2008
London based Cocktail enthusiast Jay Hepburn runs the popular website Oh Gosh! Jay met Bob to chat about his bitters and sample the different flavours available.
Bob produces these bitters from a culinary perspective, aiming to concentrate on single ingredients that can then be used by bartenders in a controlled fashion to add specific flavours to drinks. This is a very different approach compared with traditional bitters, which usually combine many spices and botanicals to create a complex ingredient that adds an intricate mixture of flavours to a drink.
Read the full article at Oh Gosh!