Spirit Details

Contratto Bitter NV

The original Bitter recipe dates back to 1933, including an infusion of 30 premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds (aloe, wormwood, bitter and sweet orange peel, cloves, cardamom, hibiscus, rhubarb, nettle to name just a few). The traditional slow, cold maceration process of extraction is combined with Italian grappa and water to craft a sophisticated, all-natural elixir. This complex, well-balanced “boutique” spirit finds its place in both classic and contemporary cocktails. The Bitter is best enjoyed as a mixer: an essential component in Negroni, Americano, Torino/Milano, Jasmine, Bitter Soda and Bitter Sweet.



Contratto Spirits

Alcohol content:


Residual Sugar:

200 g/l


100% natural


100% natural vegetable extracts from red beets


Water, sugar, alcohol, herbal and vegetable extracts, aloe, wormwood, bitter and sweet orange peel, cloves, cardamom, gentian, hibiscus, enula bell, juniper berries, mint, rhubarb, sage, swertia, nettle, ginger and more…

Recent press reviews

Contratto Bitter NV

Imbibemagazine.com ()- "Known for their vermouths that date back to the 1890's, Contratto also makes two products suited for aperitivo hour. Called Bitter and Aperitif, both recipes are made with an Italian brandy base, both endure a cold maceration process for the botanical infusion, and both use natural coloring from carrot and red beet extracts for the color. Aperitif is the lighter of the two (13.5% ABV) with a prominent fresh orange/tangerine flavor and soft sweetness that lends itself to the spritz format. Botanicals in the Aperitif include mint, safflower, sage, and licorice. The Bitter has a darker magenta color and bold bitterness thanks to botanicals like nettle, wormwood, and cardamom, balanced out by brighter flavors like hibiscus and rhubarb. At 22% ABV, the Bitter is also higher in alcohol and mixes beautifully with gin and sweet vermouth in a Negroni. July 11, 2019 "