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Schweppes Bitter Lemon

Gregory A Dec 26, 2006 12:45 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy this in the greater DC area?

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    bacchante Dec 26, 2006 06:31 PM

    I think we've gotten it at Harris Teeter in Ballston. If not there, then at one of the Virginia ABC stores

    1. monkeyrotica Dec 28, 2006 01:55 PM

      Safeways in NoVA carry it in the mixer section. Have also seen it in downtown Safeways.

      What I'm looking for is Schweppes Bitter Orange. Apparently, it's only available in Germany.

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      1. re: monkeyrotica
        MakingSense Dec 28, 2006 02:46 PM

        Have you tried the San Pellegrino versions of bitter orange and lemon? Very tart. Wonderful!

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        GregJ Dec 28, 2006 03:30 PM

        Schweppes has some sort of chronic production/distribution problems. I prefer their tonic water to other brands, but the stores that carry it (e.g., Giant) are often out. And those that don't (e.g., Magruders) have told me that deliveries are too random to be reliable.

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          Smokey Dec 28, 2006 06:24 PM

          I have had more luck purchasing bitter lemon through liquor stores than through regular grocery stores. And, like GregJ, I've heard that deliveries of it are somewhat random, so it's hard to keep in stock.

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            winegeek Dec 29, 2006 03:21 AM

            In the USA, Schweppes is bottled and distributed by Pepsi Cola. The Mid-Atlantic Pepsi bottling plant discontinued Bitter Lemon about 6 or 7 years ago due to slow sales. We have not been able to get it since. Tonic water, club soda & ginger ale are still available in liters & 10oz bottles. Service and deliveries are horrible unless you're a huge corporate buyer & the minimum number of cases for delivery was as best I can recall 25 cases. A lot for a small retail shop to sell before the expiration date. Tonic water & Bitter Lemon (which also has quinine) have a shelf life considerably shorter than regular sodas. Canada Dry mixers are bottled by Royal Crown & Seagrams mixers by Coca Cola.

            1. monkeyrotica Oct 13, 2009 03:48 AM

              Need an update for Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Since many grocery stores have cut back on obscure items that take up shelf space, it's no longer carried at Harris Teeter, Safeway, Giant, Total Beverage, or ANY of the liquor stores I've checked. Any local sources?

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              1. re: monkeyrotica
                hill food Oct 13, 2009 03:13 PM

                I have a hunch it's a regional distribution thing as I've seen it all over the place in NYC.

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                  monkeyrotica Oct 20, 2009 06:53 AM

                  Still no Schweppes Bitter Lemon but I did find Canada Dry Bitter Lemon at Total Beverage.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica
                    hill food Oct 20, 2009 12:43 PM

                    weird that it's hard to find Schweppes ANYTHING around here. even tonic is often out of stock at the usual sources.

                    1. re: hill food
                      monkeyrotica Oct 25, 2009 06:13 PM

                      I've also found Canada Dry Bitter Lemon at Bestway Market at North Kings Highway and Telegraph Road near the Huntington Metro. I guess Canada Dry won the Bitter Lemon wars. Maybe they'll take up the bitter orange mantle as well.

                      1. re: monkeyrotica
                        MsDiPesto Oct 30, 2009 10:43 AM

                        The Giant in Falls Plaza in Falls Church also has the Canada Dry Bitter Lemon. I've been picking it up lately as I've noticed the ingredient label saying "HFCS or Sugar", which I imagine is due to the holidays, and the current bottles have the K symbol on the white cap. I'm hoping anyway, I can't tell if it's a sugar recipe or hcfs by tasting.

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                winegeek Oct 30, 2009 07:08 PM

                Nice to see the bitter lemon thread back! Run, don't walk, to lay your hands on some Fever Tree Bitter Lemon. A little more expensive, yes, no HFCS, & a nice snap of quinine.

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                1. re: winegeek
                  monkeyrotica Oct 31, 2009 07:53 AM

                  Where can you get Fever Tree Bitter Lemon?

                  1. re: monkeyrotica
                    MsDiPesto Nov 3, 2009 08:58 AM

                    The one and only place I've ever seen Fever Tree products is at Wegman's in Fairfax. They're always out of the tonic water, sometimes you have to find a clerk to look in the back for stock, but they're great about that.

                    1. re: MsDiPesto
                      beauxgoris Dec 3, 2009 08:11 PM

                      Has anyone seen this recently?

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                        MsDiPesto Dec 4, 2009 10:13 AM

                        beauxgoris, if you're referring to Fever Tree tonic water, I saw a couple of 4-packs in the Falls Church Whole Foods the other day. First time I've seen Fever Tree in there.

                    2. re: monkeyrotica
                      bacchante Dec 6, 2009 11:08 AM

                      You can get the bitter lemon and both the regular and the light tonic on Amazon.com for a very good price. I gave up trying to find it in the stores.

                      1. re: bacchante
                        beauxgoris Dec 8, 2009 04:11 PM

                        I looked at amazon.com and it says that it's no longer available.

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                          Bob W Nov 19, 2010 11:46 AM

                          I have good news!

                          Incredibly, the same day a few weeks ago that I posted a comment about Schweppes Bitter Lemon on another thread, I got an e-mail from amazon regarding Schweppes Bitter Lemon. How in god's name did they do that? In any event, it's back. I just checked and they have the Fever Tree too.

                          1. re: Bob W
                            hill food Nov 19, 2010 04:17 PM

                            bob: everything you do is being data-mined depending on your browser and security settings. what thread you read here, what you buy, what news sources you look at. welcome to 1984 (sorry we were running a little late - we hit traffic).

                            1. re: hill food
                              Bob W Nov 22, 2010 04:54 AM

                              Yeah, I figured it wasn't just a coincidence 8>D Just amazed at how fast the email from amazon was generated.

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                    Flaxen_Vixen Nov 19, 2010 10:24 AM

                    Spotted: Canada Dry Bitter Lemon at the King Farm Safeway in Rockville.

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