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Schweppes Bitter Lemon

My dad used to drink it all the time. Recently I was in the Netherlands and had one for the first time in about 20 years. So refreshing. But on my return I realized that I haven't seen it in a store here in years. Is it still available in the states (I'm in PA)?

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  1. It's from the UK. Limited export.

    Might start here and google around for British foodstuffs stores in the US that import et cet.


    1. I can get it sporadically here in IN. Love the stuff. It is kind of an on and off thing, usualy found in larger liquor stores. I wish the Bitter Orange was available.

      1. Soda Pop Stop out of Los Angeles carries Schweppes Bitter Lemon

        They will ship it to you.

        1. We have this stuff in Spain, too--just the right amount of sweet and bitter.

          It's funny, I thought I remembered us having it in the US at one point, but I figured my mind was playing tricks on me...

          1. My local A&P/Food Emporium carries it here in Westchester County, NY. I have it often. I haven't seen the bitter orange in decades, I think I last saw it in the late 60's when I was a kid.

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            1. re: JMF

              I just realized it is the Canada Dry bitter lemon at the A&P.

            2. I've seen it in MD/VA Safeways in the cocktail mixer section.

              1. Smallish chain in CA- Beverages and More has it...website: www.bevmo.com

                also see it in mixer sections w/liquor

                1. thanks, all! Seems like with a bit of effort I can be bathing in bitter lemon.

                  Of course, now I'm curious about this Bitter Orange...

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                  1. re: GDSwamp

                    canada dry not schweppes is available at most major supermarkets in nassau county, long island.
                    please please please if somebody has a source for bitter orange...

                    1. re: byrd

                      I got Schweppes Bitter Lemon at a beverage distributor this summer, on the east end of Long Island, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a seasonal thing.

                  2. someone already mention galco's/sodapopstop.com

                    if you like this drink, you should also order some bundaberg lemon, lime, and bitters. YUM!

                    1. It is avalable all over New England. Two types available in LA: tiny bottles imported from England (very expensive) and some American-style bottles (cheaper).

                      Love the stuff, especially mixed with gin!!! Gin and Bitter Lemon is a classic cocktail in England.

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                      1. re: JudiAU

                        Do you know anyplace in particular in the New Haven area that carries it? I want to alert my pop (meaning my father, not my soda).

                      2. I vaguely remembered this from childhood in New Jersey, but then I got hooked on it living a year in Ghana (ex-Brit colony). When I returned to California, I was distraught that I couldn't find it. I can still get it in most supermarkets in NJ, but still can't find it locally in Santa Barbara.

                        How uncommon is this on the West Coast / CA? Seems like it's more common in the Northeast.

                        1. In the bay area Beverages & More carries it as a stock item. It's bottled by the local Seven Up plant, if your local store carries any Schweppes they can order you a couple of cases.

                          BTW, it has warmed up in SFO today and wifey and I are having a Native American Summmer G&BL.

                          1. Seems like I'm not the only one to miss Schweppe's Bitter Orange! I haven't been able to find it since the mid-70's in Modesto. Great (& different) w/ gin!

                            Is it even still made? I can only 2nd best it by adding juice of bitter ornamental oranges to gin.


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                            1. re: EdLagniappe

                              Check your local latin market for bitter orange juice, it's used in Cuban recipes as a marinade. I'm betting a shot of this in club soda would be a good start towards SBO.

                              I'm sure if you could get the ear of the local bottler they coould order the syrup and do a small run, the question would be how much it would work out to per bottle. The bitter lemon isn't a regular run here in the bay area, hence the iffy availability.

                              1. re: Scrapironchef

                                Thanks for the suggestion ... I'll look. We have LOTS of hispanic markets here in San Antonio ... but not many Cubans. I suspect less success here than in, say ... Florida. But I'll look.

                                I liked MsDiPesto's suggestion of putting it into lemonade + lemon/lime soda.

                                Thanks guys

                                1. re: EdLagniappe

                                  I have a bottle of Badia Sour Orange - don't know if it is anything like the bitter orange you are looking for.


                              2. re: EdLagniappe

                                Bitter Orange is still available in Germany, for some reason.

                              3. I like to throw a splash into a mix of lemonade and lemon/lime seltzer for more of an adult taste. Was a great refresher this past steamy summer.

                                1. Have you tried Limonata from Italian groceries? It's a close second to the Schweppes. I love Bitter Lemon.

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                                  1. re: twodales

                                    That's my back up in a pinch, the canned stuff seems better than the bottled for some reason.

                                    1. re: Scrapironchef

                                      I hope this isn't too off-topic, but have any of you bitter lemon lovers tried GUS (grown up soda) myer lemon soda? It's refreshingly lemony, tart, and only the tiniest bit sweet. I'm not big on soda, but this is the lemon soda of my dreams. I always used to think "why isn't there a genuinely lemony soda?"

                                        1. re: Scrapironchef

                                          I found it at Wegman's. It's not with the natural foods, but in the aisle with the specialty sodas like Orangina. Supposedly some Whole Foods places have it, too, but not mine here in Pennsylvania. As a side note, I first read of them (GUS) in a New York Times article a year or so ago about a few restaurants that do food and non-alcoholic beverage pairings. I looked for it for a long time before finding it.

                                          1. re: Scrapironchef

                                            My Safeway in Colorado has an Essn Myer Lemon soda in the "natural" food department. Small cans like Red Bull. Might be similar. My wife loved it, I didn't get to try it yet!

                                        2. re: Scrapironchef

                                          I've had Limonata and I'm not completely sold. It's quite high in calories and sugar (one can is 180 calories) compared with Bitter Lemon which is not as sweet. I like the sparkling lemon soda from Trader Joe's, too. I cut it with Pellegrino.

                                      1. A bump on this thread since my local Bev Mo got some back in stock. Last fall I bought some and it was around $5 a six of 10 oz bottles, today's price was $6.89! A sixpack of 12 oz Limonata cans is still only $5 at my local store and that comes all the way from Italy.

                                        1. In central jersey ,we have it at Wegmans and sometimes at A&P. Mix it with dry gin and a dash of bitters

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                                          1. re: currymouth

                                            Before Stop and Shop got my McVitie Hobnobs, I used to order them from here:


                                            They are reliable. The price is steep, but they have Bitter Lemon.

                                          2. Always available at www.JollyGrub.com - 125ml & 1litre sizes.

                                            Mike - MVPeters@comcast.net

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                                            1. It's very popular in Jamaica. If you go to any West Indian store in PA you should find one.

                                              1. Yeah ... how could such a refreshing drink NOT be readily available? Even better was their bitter orange (but rarer)!

                                                I've learned to pulp Osage Oranges into plain Tonic water & make do! And I recommend that as a pretty decent work around. Purists would want to strain the pulp ... but I don't mind chewing my Gin & Tonics ;-)

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                                                1. re: EdLagniappe

                                                  Osage Oranges do not have pulp or juice, they are not edible. They have a pithy, sticky core filled with around 200 seeds. the seeds are edible, but a pain to get since the fruit is tough to hack open, then get through the pith to the seeds, then get the seeds out of their slimy and sticky membrane.

                                                  You must mean bitter/seville oranges.

                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                    I'm sure you are right ... they are the "decorative" bitter oranges planted all over Sun City, AZ. Thanks for the correction

                                                2. Here is another conversation about this topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/406068

                                                  I would give Schweppes a call.

                                                  1. I've been able to find Schweppes Bitter Lemon semi-regularly at Binney's Beverage Depots in the Chicago area. I tried Fever Tree (both the tonic and the bitter lemon) and thought it good, but somewhat sweeter than Schweppes. So I still prefer Schweppes.

                                                    I haven't tried it, but a possible substitute for bitter lemon might be around 3 parts tonic water to one part San Pellegrino Limonata. Seems like it would give you the bitterness of the quinine along with the sourness of the lemon.

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                                                    1. re: civilizationinruins

                                                      At Binny's in Skokie yesterday, I was told that "Scheweppe's Bitter Lemon isn't available to us anymore." They had Stirring's Bitter Lemon, which I bought and tried, but it's not comparable to Schweppe's.

                                                      1. re: jleating

                                                        I was at the Niles branch and noticed the same thing. I need to find a new source!

                                                        1. re: twodales

                                                          I contacted Schweppes. They are no longer making this product in the US or in Canada. I am down to my last 4 bottles : (

                                                    2. I might try some. Is it fizzy?

                                                      I can't find anything about the Orange one. Looks like it's not currently produced anywhere.

                                                      And Canada dry is made by schweppes now it seems, so Canada dry bitter lemon will probably be the same thing?

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                                                        1. re: Soop

                                                          Schweppes is part of Snapple and 7Up/Dr Pepper, but probably different where you are. Funny how all these big companies try to hide their mergers from the public. All I know is Canada Dry tonic tastes nothing like Schweppes. I have a bottle of Canada Dry Bitter Lemon, and Tom Collins, in my garage, but I bet they're a lot sweeter than Schweppes used to be. They'll probably tell you that's how people want it.

                                                          1. re: coll

                                                            Canada Dry is definitely sweeter than Schweppes. I've found that Scweppes diet tonic is the least sweet out of all.

                                                        2. I just revisited the Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon last night and it's great stuff, but pricey.

                                                          1. Slight bump to the thread for those in the SF Bay area. Berkeley Bowl West has 1 liter bottles in their British import section for $3.95. It is actually imported (oddly enough the label says it is made under license from Coca Cola US).

                                                            This is a slight bit cheaper than the locally made stuff at BevMo ($6.89/6pack of 10 oz). I guess it the cheaper labor in the British isles.