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Bitter Lemon and Gin

lulubelle Sep 24, 2008 11:01 PM

Can you find Bitter Lemon in the States? Schweppes makes it, in the UK and Asia at least, but I have never seen when I have been in the States. There is nothing like a Gin and Bitter Lemon on a hot day, and the homemade version just doesn't taste as good.

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  1. ShadowedOne RE: lulubelle Sep 25, 2008 09:41 AM

    I'm not sure about Schweppes but Stirrings offers a Bitter Lemon. I haven't tried it though so I can't offer much on its flavor.

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      MDBBQFiend RE: lulubelle Sep 25, 2008 11:09 AM

      Canada Dry makes Bitter Lemon, but it's not always the easiest thing to find. I buy one-liter bottles at my local Safeway.

      1. eliah RE: lulubelle Sep 25, 2008 03:42 PM

        I may be missing something, but isn't bitter lemon just tonic water + lemon? Or maybe that's what you were referring to with "the homemade version just doesn't taste as good."

        1. AntarcticWidow RE: lulubelle Sep 25, 2008 04:11 PM

          Bevmo carries Fever-tree Bitter Lemon; comes in a 4-pack. I also like their tonic water ~ very dry.

          1. JMF RE: lulubelle Sep 28, 2008 05:37 AM

            Canada Dry is usually available in some supermarkets if you keep an eye out for it. Sometimes you can find Schweppes, Fever-Tree is very good, but pricey. I don't care for Stirrings. In the UK you can get Schweppes bitter orange which is great.

            1. Eric in NJ RE: lulubelle Sep 28, 2008 06:16 AM

              I don't think Schweppes markets it here anymore. Canada Dry does but it isn't as good. I used to love Schweppes Bitter Orange. No body makes that anymore.

              1. MC Slim JB RE: lulubelle Sep 28, 2008 10:58 AM

                As a onetime lover of Schweppes Bitter Lemon and gin, I can attest that it is no longer marketed in the States (I actually contacted corporate about it).

                I'm glad to hear there are some smaller-label versions of it; I'll have to keep my eye out for those.

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                  roundfigure RE: MC Slim JB Oct 8, 2008 04:56 PM

                  MC Slim JB, Thank you very much for posting this info. It enabled me to swing by the local large-chain liquor store where they’ve always carried SBL and snag the very last 6-pack off the shelf. Manager confirmed they wouldn’t be getting any more. Sad. Fever Tree is very good, maybe even a little better as it’s less sweet and more zingy. But I had a sentimental fondness for good old Schweppes, so thanks again for helping me enjoy it once more before it was too late.

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                  chazzerking RE: lulubelle Sep 29, 2008 08:27 PM

                  I love Schweppes Bitter Orange, but have been unable to find it anywhere in the mid-south or midwest. There's nothing like a tall gin and bitter orange in the summer, but I'vew almost forgotten what they taste like.

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                    lulubelle RE: chazzerking Sep 29, 2008 09:13 PM

                    OMG, I've never even heard of Bitter Orange! It sounds yummy!

                    I guess I will either have to bring Bitter Lemon home on the plane, or else make due with the home made.


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                    Piranha RE: lulubelle Oct 6, 2008 09:40 PM

                    One of my father's favorite drinks was gin and bitter lemon - it was probably the first drink I ever really tasted. He made it with Scweppes, but I like the Stirrings blend. It doesn't have the real strong taste of tonic and I think it's a better drink.

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