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May 29, 2007 09:45 AM

Where can I get Schweppes Bitter Lemon?

A hard-to-find soda that's an old favorite of my family's. Has anyone seen it for same anywhere around here?

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  1. I'll keep my eye out for it! I know how nice it is to find a long lost soda. I was recently thrilled to find Coke with sugar just up the road from me.

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      1. re: GDSwamp

        The real, sugar-sweetened Coke is in Quakertown at a hole-in-the-wall good taco joint. They don't always have it. I recommend you try any Mexican grocery, because in Mexico they still use sugar in their Coke! Unfortunately, some of it says sugar on the label, while others say that it has either corn syrup or sugar. I'm not enough of a coke drinker to take a chance on that one.

        1. re: watercress

          I am a coke addict. I never realized that they changed from sugar to corn syrup.

          Also, there is a refreshing drink that tastes sort of like grapefruit in a way -- like Fresca but much better than Fresca -- called TING (it is hard to find in the States but can be found in Anguilla) I wish they'd bring it here.
          If anyone knows where to get it, please let me know.

          1. re: idia

            I think they changed when they went to Real Coke. Remember? About 10 - 15 years ago (???). Then, because of the uproar, they switched back to the 'original' Coke – except they switched from sugar to corn syrup. But it was still so much better than the 'Real Coke', not many folks could tell the difference.

            1. re: Carole

              Hey Carole,
              They changed Coke long before "New" Coke, itt was when there was a so called sugar shortage and prices on sugar went sky high, beverage companies swithed to HF cornsyrup because it was so much cheaper and when sugar prices stabilized they didn't go back. As for Coke with sugar, look for Kosher Coke, available around Passover and Hanakuh, store like Target etc. carry then. I hadn't thought of Bitter Lemon in a long time, in my younger days, drink of choice was Gin & Bitter Lemon, very refreshing in the Summer.


              1. re: twh1475

                or you could just go to Costco... they carry mexican coke (the real stuff) by the case...

            2. re: idia

              Ive seen Ting at Whole Foods...

      2. Pretty sure that Total Wine in Cherry Hill carries this. It's on 38, westbound side, in the strip shopping center next to the CH Mall. This is a HUGE wine store; so if you're looking for any type of liquor or wine etc, you might just want to make a trip out of it. If I see this anyplace else, I'll post back. Did you try calling the company to see if a distributor can tell you where to get it near where you live?

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        1. re: mschow

          Bitter Lemon is one of my favorite carbonated beverages. I'm not sure about Schwepps, but I think that's that brand that I buy downstairs at Kleins Market, 2400 block of Fairmount Ave. Check in the phone book with Kleins before making a special tripo!

          1. re: Bashful3

            Thanks for the good thought, bashful. They say they don't carry schweppes - do you recall what brand you've been buying?

          2. re: mschow

            Not anymore. They say they think it's discontinued. Clearly this stuff will only be available in odd stores that are making a special effort to bring it in from Europe.

            1. re: mschow

              I've been looking for this flavour too, as well as the "dry grape gingerale". I finally e-mailed the company, and apparently neither is sold anywhere near me (Maryland). But they gave me the following info, to sue the internal product-finder: To access the same sales database that we use internally, please call 1-800-696-5891. Select Option 1 for English, then Option 2 for availability questions. You can find your favorite product 24 hours a day 7 days a week!

              1. re: Varla

                I was in a Mars grocery store in Perry Hall, MD a few weeks ago and found bottles of Dry Lemon!

            2. Which reminds me that the someone ought to import Arranciata Amara from Italy. Bitter orange. Amazingly refreshing on a hot day. Carlino's in Ardmore carries it's non-bitter cousin, and it is pretty good for an orange soda, but the bitter stuff really does the trick!

              1. If you can't find the Schweppes, here are a couple of alternative suggestions in the same neighborhood:
                1) San Pellegrino Limonada, which you should be able to find at any decent Italian grocer (even Restaurant Depot carries it).
                2) Knudsen's "Jamaican Lemonade Spritzer" which is often found at Big Lots.

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                1. re: Panini Guy

                  I do like both of these, but I'm missing the peculiar quinine tang of the Schweppes. Hard to believe it's so pervasively unavailable.

                2. I bought my last Schweepes Bitter Lemon at "Binny's in Schaumberg, Il.address is 323 W. Galf Road (847)8826000.If you want to find the other suppliers call Cadbury schweppes in Plaano Texas (1-800-696-5891.Cadbury schweppes licenses this to only certain manufacturers. Currently there are only about three comapnies making it in the United States,One in State of Washington,One in California and one in ChicagoAlso can look on the internet at for this,

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                    1. re: GDSwamp

                      GD, have you tried GUS (grown up soda) lemon flavor? It's TANGY, lemony, refreshing, and just the lemon soda I'd wondered for years why it didn't seem to exist. They have it at Wegman's. The ginger's good, too, but I'm getting off topic here.

                      1. re: watercress

                        Don't recall if I've tried their lemon - there's a deli near my old office in Manhattan that carried their stuff so I may well have.

                        Tangy lemon soda is a genre I like, and I've generally been happy with San Pellegrino Limonata. Is the GUS version significantly different?

                        I'm hoping the Bitter Lemon will satisfy my desire for something a little drier (that's a word that doesn't look right in print - I mean "more dry"). I ended up ordering a case from sodapopstop because none of the places folks suggested for PA carry it anymore. Seems that its limited distribution has recently become even more limited. A friend who was in England recently said no one had it there, either.

                        1. re: GDSwamp

                          Well, I'll have to try the San Pellegrino Limonata again, but my dim memory is that the GUS is drier (dryer?).

                          1. re: watercress

                            GUS seems more "real" to me than SP Limonata, and yes, it is dry.

                    2. re: Herb Aaronson

                      It's actually GOLF Road, but I'm guessing you already figured that out.