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Jul 11, 2007 09:46 PM

Bitter Lemon Soda

i found , no stumbled, across Canada Dry Bitter Lemon today at the local Genuardi's!! (NJ)haven't cracked it open yet but with another 98 degree day expected tomorrow, i will !!
not sure if it's as good or even comparable to Schweppes, but since that ship has sailed i'm open to another brand....any suggestions?

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  1. Have you tried San Pellegrino Limonata? It's as close as I can find to a bitter lemon soda here in Boston.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      I second Limonata... has a lovely bite to it! Very nice on a hot Philly day; hopefully it would be as good in Jersey. :)

      1. re: Chao

        They used to make a "Dry Sprite" in Japan. Like regular Sprite, but without the cloying sweetness. On one trip I had it on the plane on the way over, and would buy it from convenience stores. Next trip, I asked the flight attendant if they had it, and she looked at me like I was crazy. I looked all over the city for it with no luck, then finally found it in a vending machine near Tokyo University. But since then, never again.

        It was quite refreshing, and would have made a good mixer

      2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Clearly an instance of your mileage may vary.

        I've bought both Stirrings and Schwepps brand bitter lemon soda, and I routinely buy SP Limonata. I don't find them remotely comparable. The bitter lemon soda is really bitter as if the white pith of a lemon has been added to the beverage. I find Limonata perfectly sublime: bracingly lemony without bitterness or cloying sweetness.

        (If you're seeking bitter, try SP Chinotto. That soda takes bitterness to a whole new level...)

        1. re: Indy 67

          Some enlightened soul wrote into the letters column of the Boston Globe Sunday magazine this morning in response to Adam Ried's column about Pimm's last week, announcing that the most perfect Pimm's Cup in the world was made with San Pellegrino Limonata. We picked up a six-pack at the store this afternoon and by god if he's not exactly right.

      3. never tried bitter lemon soda sounds good I drink Sanfaustino mineral water very good stuff they have a lemon flavor.

        1. Last time I had Bitter Lemon soda was at a Mexican restaurant in Czech republic... before that, Jamaica many years ago. So random, so good.

          1. I used to drink this stuff all the time in Africa. Not only is it refreshing on a hot day, but it makes a fine mixed drink with gin, vodka or whatever other local distilled clear booze is available. I like the schweppws stuff, but can only get it from specialty suppliers like

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            1. re: Hoosierland

              This has been discussed a few times on the spirits board. Schweppes bitter lemon can be ordered by any retailer who stocks the Schweppes line, if the local bottler doesn't make it they can generally get some from one who does. It's usually the Seven Up franchise that makes it.

              If all else fails, carries it.

            2. We grew up drinking Canada Dry products. They may be just a tad sweeter than Schweppes, but not as sweet as Limonata. I think you'll be pleased.