Shoots & Roots Bitters is a NYC-based company of three botanists bringing the flavor and stories of plants from around the world to your beverage through science-based craft bitters for a remarkable taste of botanical diversity. 


Bitters are botanical infusions (herbal supplements) that extract the flavor and other properties of plants. People have been preparing bitters and related herbal remedies including elixirs and tinctures for centuries for wellbeing and flavor. Bitters emerged in Western pharmacies over 200 years ago where they were mixed with soda water or alcohol in order to treat a wide range of ailments from digestive issues to the common cold. From there, the use of bitters evolved to adding a splash of flavor and medicinal properties to cocktails and other drinks.

Shoots & Roots Bitters draw from past traditions with new formulas that celebrate the world's diversity of plants, cultures and flavors. Each of our blends tells a place-based story of a specific geography and includes under-utilized plants. Add a splash of Shoots & Roots Bitters to soda water, spirits, teas and tisanes to create a drink popping with diverse flavors.   

Sensory Journeys

Each of our blends has a bitter note and so much more. The human tongue has over 40 types of taste receptors that can detect over 550 known bitter-tasting compounds. In addition the the basic tastes of bitter, sweet, sour, astringent and umami, our experience of flavor derives from complex aroma from thousands of secondary metabolite compounds. Our bitters seek to capture this wide range of compounds representing the world's biodiversity for unique sensory journeys.


Science-based bitters packed with the remarkable flavor properties of plants