Bitter Lemon

When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to be able to take several family vacations to the British Isles. While there, I discovered a beverage unlike any stateside soda: Schweppes Bitter Lemon. The drink is not nearly as sweet as Sprite–it’s barely sweet at all. It has a slightly bitter taste and is flavored with quinine, like Tonic Water.

Today, as I was sitting at my dining table sweltering in the unseasonable 90 degree weather (before Memorial Day!), I was dying for a non-alcoholic, ice-cold beverage, something that is not often found in our home. Looking at the bottle of Angostura Bitters sitting on my table–a vestige of last night’s Manhattan–I had an epiphany. What follows is my recipe for Bitter Lemon Soda at home. Cool and refreshing and much cheaper than a ticket to London.

Bitter Lemon Soda

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add tonic water until 3/4 full.

Add 1 tbsp sugar, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 2 dashes Angostura Bitters. Stir and serve

One Response to “Bitter Lemon”

  1. gabe Says:

    try 50% sprite 50% soda half a shot of lime cordial roses for instance and 8 dashes of Angostura bitters

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