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Schweppes Bitter Lemon

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

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

    1. 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

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.